|Tracy Beaker Author Appointed Chancellor Of Roehampton University
New Jacqueline Wilson Scholarship will now be offered on an annual basis
The University of Roehampton is pleased to announce the appointment of Dame Jacqueline Wilson as its new Chancellor. Currently serving as a Pro-Chancellor at the University, Dame Jacqueline will take over from current Chancellor, John Simpson in August 2014.
Dame Jacqueline is currently a Pro-Chancellor at Roehampton. She was appointed Professorial Fellow in 2008 and teaches on both the Children’s Literature and Creative Writing Master’s degrees offered by the University’s Department of English and Creative Writing.
Announcing the appointment Paul O’Prey, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Roehampton said: “Dame Jacqueline is a fantastic advocate for the University and brings an infectious enthusiasm and passion that the students and staff all appreciate. I am delighted that she has agreed to be our new Chancellor. She succeeds John Simpson who has been a fantastic Chancellor for the last ten years and we are extremely grateful to John for all he has done for the University.”
Dame Jacqueline said, “I have always felt a great attachment to the University of Roehampton. It manages to combine a genuine warmth and friendliness with immense creative achievement and academic excellence. I was very proud to receive an Honorary Doctorate from the University and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my past five years as a visiting Professor teaching creative writing on a part time basis. I have been a Pro-Chancellor for the past three years and now I’m delighted that I’m to be made the new Chancellor. John Simpson has done a wonderful job with great enthusiasm and energy and he’s been very supportive to all the Pro-Chancellors. I very much hope to follow in his footsteps.”
In honour of Dame Jacqueline’s appointment, the University is delighted to announce that the Jacqueline Wilson Scholarship will now be offered on an annual basis. This fees-only postgraduate scholarship will be based in our award-winning National Centre for Research into Children’s Literature, for research into Children’s Literature or Creative Writing for Children.
February 20, 2014