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Chancellor of Bournemouth University Steps Down

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Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers, the former President of the Supreme Court, has presided over his final graduation ceremony at Bournemouth University.

Lord Phillips has served as Chancellor for more than a decade, overseeing some major changes at the university.

He said: "Looking back, it doesn't even seem that I've been doing it for five years, let alone 10, but there have been some astonishing physical changes, and not just physical changes but cultural changes as well - if you go and walk around (Bournemouth University) now, looking at the Talbot Campus in particular, it is absolutely astonishing. I've topped out a couple of these buildings and each time I've looked around the campus and hardly recognised it."

Lord Phillips has been chancellor amidst a raft of changes at the institution, including the adoption o a new seven-year strategic plan and the construction of a series of new buildings.

He will be replaced by broadcaster, writer and former BBC Chief News Correspondent Kate Adie MBE.

Professor John Vinney, Vice-Chancellor at the University praised Lord Phillips for his energy, commitment and enthusiasm.