Press Release

15 April 2013

Former Chief of Defence Staff and Lord Warden and Admiral of the Cinque Ports and Constable of Dover Castle, Admiral the Lord Boyce, will close Canterbury Christ Church University's 2012/13 Public Lecture series.

His lecture on Wednesday, 24 April, ‘The United Kingdom – the importance and utility of maritime power’, will explore the significance of maritime power to the UK today.

The sea has, to a large extent, ensured the UK’s survival over the centuries; and it’s via the sea that the country’s global dominance was established in the 18th and 19th centuries. This dominance permitted the sea to be exploited for trade, allowing for growth in wealth and influence, which saw the creation of the British Empire – a huge global military and trading power with a significant proportion of the world under British rule. But what is its importance in today’s Britain and for our relationship with the rest of the world?

‘The United Kingdom – the importance and utility of maritime power’ takes place on Wednesday, 24 April, 6pm, Old Sessions House, Longport, Canterbury.

The lecture is free and open to all, but reservations must be made. You can book your place by visiting:

Notes to Editor

Admiral the Lord Boyce KG GCB OBE DL

  • Lord Boyce joined the Royal Navy in 1961, qualified as a submariner and subsequently commanded two conventional submarines and a nuclear attack submarine. He became Commander in Chief Fleet and then First Sea Lord (professional head of the Royal Navy) in 1998; and Chief of Defence Staff (professional head of the Armed Forces) at the beginning of 2001. He retired in May 2003.
  • Lord Boyce was elevated to the peerage in June 2003 and was appointed Lord Warden and Admiral of the Cinque Ports and Constable of Dover Castle in July 2004.
  • He was appointed as a Knight of the Garter in June 2011, a rare honour bestowed by the Queen for contribution to national life or service to the Queen. The order of the Garter is the nation’s highest order of chivalry.  He was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Canterbury Christ Church University in 2011.

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 20,000 students, across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

  • 93% of our recent UK undergraduates are in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.
  • Christ Church is the number one choice for local people looking to study at university in Kent (2011 UCAS).
  • We are the South East’s largest provider of courses for public service careers (outside of London).

*2010/11 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey



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