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Dr Gyles Brandreth and Prof Tim Wheeler

Dr Gyles Brandreth, the University of Chester’s Chancellor, has expressed his personal appreciation for the work of Professor Tim Wheeler, who retires as Vice-Chancellor this Christmas after more than two decades of service.

Former Chester MP, Dr Brandreth, was a campaigner for the institution to be granted university status in the 1990s, 150 years after its foundation by the Church of England as the country’s first purpose-built teacher training college. This ambition was eventually realised in 2005, under Professor Wheeler’s leadership.

Dr Brandreth has followed the University’s progress with keen interest and was awarded an honorary doctorate Doctor of Letters by the University in 2014, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the arts and to acknowledge his time as Chester’s elected representative.

He said: “I am glad that Professor Tim Wheeler has given us a year to get used to the idea that he is going to leave. It would take a year simply to list all that he has achieved for the University of Chester as our founding Vice-Chancellor.  

“His contribution has been unique and extraordinary. The University is what it is today because of Tim and its scale and standing are due to his vision, leadership, dedication and sheer hard work.

“The University, its staff and students, and the wider community in Chester, Warrington, Shrewsbury and beyond, will be losing a wonderful servant, an inspiring leader and a very special friend. It’s been an extraordinary 21 years that has established the University of Chester as a force to be reckoned with in British higher education and a power for good in the cultural, scientific, social and economic life of our community.

“Happily, he will be with us for another 12 months of further achievement, so we don’t need to begin the fond farewells too soon, but there is no doubt this announcement marks the end of an era. I wish Tim and his wife Marilyn well for whatever excitements lie ahead for them and express heartfelt thanks to them for all they have given the University over the past two decades.”
 

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