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University of Leeds Appoint New Chancellor

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The University of Leeds has welcomed Professor Dame Jane Francis as Chancellor following a ceremony held at the university's Great Hall.

Dame Jane worked at Leeds for two decades until 2013, when she was appointed as Director of the British Antarctic Survey.

Jane was announced as the University's Chancellor in December 2017 and replaces Melvyn Bragg who stepped down after holding the position for 17 years.

As Chancellor, Dame Jane will act as an ambassadorial figure and advocate for the University.

Under the role the Chancellor is expected to preside over degree ceremonies, chair meetings of the University Court and support events that will raise the profile of the institution.

She already has strong ties with the University due to a 22-year career at Leeds before joining the British Antarctic Survey.

Commenting on her appointed, Jane said: "I loved my time at Leeds and feel truly honoured to be back as Chancellor. Helping to inspire passion and achievement is what excites me in my work, and in this role I hope to be able to do just that."

"Leeds has grown from strength-to-strength in recent years, and I look forward to being able to give back and support the University in all its endeavours."