Royal visitor helps launch uni’s 50th celebrations

HRH Princess Alexandra
HRH Princess Alexandra

A royal visitor added a special touch to the official start of celebrations marking Lancaster University’s 50th anniversary celebrations.

Princess Alexandra, the university’s first Chancellor, was present at the 50th anniversary launch dinner at the LICA building on campus last Thursday.

Since being appointed as Founding Chancellor in 1964, Princess Alexandra has observed with interest as Lancaster University has evolved from a small but passionate community of academics to an institution of global significance.

Other guests at the private event included the current Chancellor Sir Christian Bonington, Pro-Chancellor Lord Liddle, former Pro-Chancellor and former diplomat Sir Christopher Audland, and honorary graduates actress Patricia Routledge and former England footballer Jimmy Armfield.

Vice-Chancellor Prof Mark E. Smith said: “Our anniversary is much more than a chance to look back. It is an opportunity to lay the foundations for our vision for the future and to raise our profile regionally, nationally and internationally.

“Our aspiration is to be a world-renowned university of genuine global significance, providing the highest quality research and teaching. We will play our part in changing thinking on big global issues such as climate change, food security, ageing and cyber security.”

The anniversary celebrations run until March 2015.