01 March 2011
Canterbury Cathedral hosted a unique ceremony on Friday, 25 February, as Professor Robin Baker CMG became the first Vice-Chancellor in the UK to be installed by The Most Revd and Rt Hon Dr Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury.
Ceremonial and academic procession
Dr Rowan Williams, who is also Chancellor of Canterbury Christ Church University, led the unique Service of Installation in front of an audience of (200) staff, students, guests and partners of the University.
The ceremony, which celebrated the installation of Professor Baker as Canterbury Christ Church University’s second Vice-Chancellor, began at the University’s Chapel. This was followed by an academic and ceremonial procession through the city to the Cathedral, where the Archbishop concluded the ceremony with a Liturgy of Prayer and Blessing.
The Liturgy of Prayer and Blessing in Canterbury Cathedral
Professor Baker said: ”We can all take pride in Canterbury Christ Church University’s achievements over nearly 50 years.
“It is a dynamic University, in the heart of an amazing city that has been at the centre of scholarly pursuit and the arts for over 1,400 years.
"On a personal level, today's ceremony will stand out as a unique and very special moment in my career.
"I would like to thank all the staff and guests who joined me at the University Chapel and at the Cathedral, and in particular I am enormously grateful to the Archbishop of Canterbury, The Most Revd and Rt Hon Dr Rowan Williams, for conducting the Service of Installation and Liturgy of Prayer and Blessing. It has been a privilege and an honour to be part of these special proceedings, and to be part of this University's continuing future success."
Vice-Chancellor, Professor Robin Baker CMG, and The Most Revd and Rt Hon Dr Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury and Chancellor of Canterbury Christ Church University
The Most Revd and Rt Hon Dr Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury and Chancellor of Canterbury Christ Church University, said: “It is a great pleasure to welcome Robin as our new Vice-Chancellor. He is coming to Canterbury with excellent experience in university administration – but also with an unusual international expertise and perspective that will help us keep our horizons open. He is totally committed to the vision and ethos of Christ Church and will build on the legacy of past leadership to make Christ Church even more of a centre of high quality teaching and research. I wish him every blessing in his work."
Photographs available upon request. Please call Canterbury Christ Church University’s Press Office on 01227 782391.
Notes to Editor
Canterbury Christ Church University
Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.
With nearly 18,000 students, and five campuses across Kent, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional expertise.
- As a leading provider of teaching and health care courses we have produced nearly 3,500 health and social care professionals and 7,000 teachers in the last five years.
- Over 90 per cent of our graduates gain employment in the first six months after graduating.
- Along with over a thousand undergraduate, postgraduate and professional training courses on offer, we are also home to world-leading and internationally recognised research in Education, History, Music and Sports Related Studies.
- Canterbury Christ Church University was founded in 1962 by the Church of England as a teacher training college.