Human rights advocate joins Essex University as chancellor

Human rights advocate joins Essex University as chancellor

Human rights advocate joins Essex University as chancellor

First published in Countywide

HUMAN rights campaigner Shami Chakrabarti CBE has been named the new chancellor of Essex University.

The director of Liberty, the civil liberties and human rights organisation, becomes the first woman to hold the position at Essex.

She said: "The University of Essex has a proud tradition of teaching human rights and respect for the rule of law.

"I am delighted to be joining this institution that shares so many of the values we hold at Liberty.

"At a time when our freedoms are under increasing attack, we need our young people to be equipped with the tools to defend them."

Chakrabarti was one of six independent advisers appointed to support Lord Justice Leveson in his public inquiry into the press, and was chosen as one of eight Olympic Flag carriers at the London 2012 Olympics opening ceremony.

She was awarded an honorary degree by Essex in 2006, and returned the following year to give the Essex Law Lecture. In 2008 she launched and became Patron of the Essex Law clinic, which sees students gain experience by offering free legal advice to the public, watched over by qualified legal practitioners.

Essex Vice-Chancellor Professor Anthony Forster said: “I am delighted Shami is our fifth Chancellor – she is a shining example of the values the University of Essex holds dear and she will be an inspiration for all members of our University community.”

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11:51am Tue 2 Sep 14

Boris says...

Excellent choice. Andrew Phillips, the retiring Chancellor, is an amiable and worthy soul, but rather low-profile. Shami Chakrabarti will perhaps make more waves.
Excellent choice. Andrew Phillips, the retiring Chancellor, is an amiable and worthy soul, but rather low-profile. Shami Chakrabarti will perhaps make more waves. Boris
  • Score: -29

12:04pm Tue 2 Sep 14

totallyfootball says...

An airhead and waste of space!
An airhead and waste of space! totallyfootball
  • Score: 18

12:57pm Tue 2 Sep 14

wormshero says...

totallyfootball wrote:
An airhead and waste of space!
Can you justify that comment in a way that makes sense/is true? Seems well qualified, more than qualified for this role anyway, certainly.
[quote][p][bold]totallyfootball[/bold] wrote: An airhead and waste of space![/p][/quote]Can you justify that comment in a way that makes sense/is true? Seems well qualified, more than qualified for this role anyway, certainly. wormshero
  • Score: -21

1:44pm Tue 2 Sep 14

seikothrill says...

I can't stand the woman
I can't stand the woman seikothrill
  • Score: 15

6:42pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Say It As It Is OK? says...

Poor decision but so predictable for this Lefty University. This woman repeatedly demonstrates racist opinions on terrorism and her appointment is a sad day for Colchester and Essex.
Poor decision but so predictable for this Lefty University. This woman repeatedly demonstrates racist opinions on terrorism and her appointment is a sad day for Colchester and Essex. Say It As It Is OK?
  • Score: 26

6:45pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Shrubendlad says...

Boris wrote:
Excellent choice. Andrew Phillips, the retiring Chancellor, is an amiable and worthy soul, but rather low-profile. Shami Chakrabarti will perhaps make more waves.
I had that one down as Sir Bob Russells retirement gig.
[quote][p][bold]Boris[/bold] wrote: Excellent choice. Andrew Phillips, the retiring Chancellor, is an amiable and worthy soul, but rather low-profile. Shami Chakrabarti will perhaps make more waves.[/p][/quote]I had that one down as Sir Bob Russells retirement gig. Shrubendlad
  • Score: 5

7:00pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Shrubendlad says...

Hang On-panic over its BBCs Naga Munchetty
Hang On-panic over its BBCs Naga Munchetty Shrubendlad
  • Score: 7

12:53am Wed 3 Sep 14

Boris says...

Shrubendlad wrote:
Boris wrote:
Excellent choice. Andrew Phillips, the retiring Chancellor, is an amiable and worthy soul, but rather low-profile. Shami Chakrabarti will perhaps make more waves.
I had that one down as Sir Bob Russells retirement gig.
He appears to have no plans to retire till 2020 or maybe even later. Meanwhile Shami will keep the seat warm for him.
[quote][p][bold]Shrubendlad[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Boris[/bold] wrote: Excellent choice. Andrew Phillips, the retiring Chancellor, is an amiable and worthy soul, but rather low-profile. Shami Chakrabarti will perhaps make more waves.[/p][/quote]I had that one down as Sir Bob Russells retirement gig.[/p][/quote]He appears to have no plans to retire till 2020 or maybe even later. Meanwhile Shami will keep the seat warm for him. Boris
  • Score: -16

5:57pm Sun 7 Sep 14

TheBrotherhoodOfTheBell says...

Boris wrote:
Excellent choice. Andrew Phillips, the retiring Chancellor, is an amiable and worthy soul, but rather low-profile. Shami Chakrabarti will perhaps make more waves.
I really do not know why you bother ? very few people agree with you on these threads, you are nearly always quite very rude and wrong. I for one will be looking out for you at the forthcoming talk session at North Hill coming very soon. This is a cynical placement of window dressing and showboating, actioned by an institution that owes so much to the colchester community, of which it has turned its back on students of hard working local born and bred families. Some of your posts are a repugnant example of an individual's own deluded ideals and beliefs hence why nobody agrees with you apart from your stalwart cohorts. I still think you are the yellow budgie in disguise ?
[quote][p][bold]Boris[/bold] wrote: Excellent choice. Andrew Phillips, the retiring Chancellor, is an amiable and worthy soul, but rather low-profile. Shami Chakrabarti will perhaps make more waves.[/p][/quote]I really do not know why you bother ? very few people agree with you on these threads, you are nearly always quite very rude and wrong. I for one will be looking out for you at the forthcoming talk session at North Hill coming very soon. This is a cynical placement of window dressing and showboating, actioned by an institution that owes so much to the colchester community, of which it has turned its back on students of hard working local born and bred families. Some of your posts are a repugnant example of an individual's own deluded ideals and beliefs hence why nobody agrees with you apart from your stalwart cohorts. I still think you are the yellow budgie in disguise ? TheBrotherhoodOfTheBell
  • Score: 1

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