FORMER Lord Advocate Dame Elish Angiolini has been appointed as the new chancellor of the University of the West of Scotland (UWS).
Dame Elish, who will be formally installed in a ceremony later this year, will represent the university and hold formal powers to confer degrees, diplomas and other academic distinctions.
She replaces Lord Smith of Kelvin who has held the post of chancellor of UWS since October 2003.
Dame Elish, who is principal of St Hugh’s College, University of Oxford, is one of Scotland’s most senior lawyers and held the post of Lord Advocate between 2006 and 2011.
She said: “UWS plays a key role in the economic, social and cultural development of Scotland and I am truly honoured to accept the position of chancellor of the university.
“Universities perform a hugely important role in society and I very much look forward to being involved with the activities of UWS.”
Professor Seamus McDaid, the university’s principal, added: “We are delighted to announce the appointment of
Dame Elish as the university’s new chancellor. She has demonstrated a great capacity for achieving excellence throughout her professional career and, indeed, her work embodies many of the core values of this institution.
She will be a first class ambassador for University of the West of Scotland.”