Broadcaster and Author Kate Adie is a prolific author on a range of subjects, including women in World War One, and currently presents ‘From Our Own Correspondent’ on BBC Radio 4.
Kate was appointed OBE earlier this year, and has won multiple awards including a BAFTA Fellowship in 2018 – a lifetime achievement award given in recognition of outstanding achievement in the art forms of moving image.
She received an honorary doctorate from BU in 2015 and will be taking up the position of Chancellor in January 2019.
“It is a great honour to become the Chancellor of Bournemouth University and I look forward to carrying out the duties of the role.
“Higher Education and Dorset are both things I care passionately about and I will be a strong advocate in highlighting the important role Bournemouth University plays in learning and research in the county and the world beyond” she said.
The Chancellor is the ceremonial head of the university and presides over the university’s annual Graduation ceremonies, presenting degrees to students.
They also attend other university events and serve as an ambassador for the institution in the UK and beyond.
The role is currently held by Lord Nicholas Phillips, who is stepping down after ten years as Chancellor.
Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers was the first President of the Supreme Court and was Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales.
Vice-Chancellor Professor John Vinney said: “We are delighted to be welcoming Kate Adie as the fifth Chancellor of Bournemouth University.
“Kate joins us as we embark on BU2025, an exciting and ambitious journey that will form our new strategic vision. Her long career in broadcasting and journalism will be an inspiration both to our new graduates and the BU community’.
He concluded by thanking Lord Phillips for his service as Chancellor over the last decade, which has been a time of major growth and development for the university.
“Lord Phillips has been a wonderful ambassador for BU over these last ten years, most recently at the topping out ceremony for our new Poole Gateway Building just last week, and I know he will continue to be a great friend and supporter of the university in the future.”