Director of the British Antarctic Survey, Professor Dame Jane Francis, has been announced as the University’s new Chancellor.
A prominent polar scientist, Jane has conducted pioneering research – with numerous expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctic – and has undertaken a wide range of international roles to promote the UK’s polar interests.
Appointed Dame Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George in the 2017 New Year Honours for her distinguished contributions to polar science and diplomacy, Jane is also the recipient of the Polar Medal, presented for outstanding polar research.
She has strong ties with the University, with a 22 year career at Leeds. She became Professor of Palaeoclimatology, Head of the School of Earth and Environment, and from 2008 – 2013, was Dean of the Faculty of Environment.
In 2014, the University awarded Jane an Honorary Doctorate of Science.
“She is the perfect ambassador for our achievements and aspirations, and we look forward to welcoming her back to Leeds.”
Sir Alan Langlands
Jane succeeds Melvyn Bragg (Lord Bragg of Wigton) who stepped down this year, after 17 years in office.
Jane was appointed by the University’s Court on Friday 8 December, having been nominated by the University’s Council.
Jane will be installed as the Chancellor in a ceremony in 2018.
Additional polar footage kindly supplied courtesy of the British Antarctic Survey.
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