Sandi Toksvig’s new university role

TAKING OVER Sandi Toksvig will replace Sheila Hancock OBE
TAKING OVER Sandi Toksvig will replace Sheila Hancock OBE

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BROADCASTER, author and comedian Sandi Toksvig has been appointed the University of Portsmouth’s next chancellor.

The Danish-born entertainer who presents numerous radio and TV shows, will succeed actor and author Sheila Hancock who will retire as chancellor this summer after a five-year term of office.

Ms Toksvig, who was awarded an honorary degree from the university last year, said: ‘I was surprised and delighted to be invited by the university to become chancellor and am very honoured to accept.

‘I am passionate about higher education and am hugely impressed by Portsmouth’s mission to encourage students from every walk of life to excel.’

Prof John Craven, the university’s vice chancellor, said: ‘We are very pleased to announce Sandi’s appointment as chancellor and very much look forward to welcoming her when she takes up her role at the start of the next academic year.

‘Sandi’s career as broadcaster, author, comedian and producer has impressed and entertained British audiences for over 30 years and she brings to the university a lively and scholarly commitment to all that we do.

‘I am personally delighted that Sandi has agreed to become an important part of our university.’