Guests toast 17 years of service at Chancellor’s Dinner
Taking in two of our city’s most iconic venues, this year’s Chancellor’s Dinner was an evening of two halves.
More than 100 distinguished alumni, friends and partners of our University joined the Chancellor HRH The Earl of Wessex and the Vice-Chancellor on 11 July at the Victoria Art Gallery, before moving to the splendour of the Pump Room for dinner and speeches.
This year held special significance as the last Chancellor’s Dinner that Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell will attend as our Vice-Chancellor, a position she has held since 2001.
Before dinner, the Chancellor presented Dame Glynis with a commemorative gift: a painting of the 50th anniversary fountain, by renowned landscape artist Alan Cotton. Alan, who is the University’s first honorary arts professor, kindly gave his time to paint this view of the University campus.
The Chancellor remarked: “We hope this painting will serve as a fitting reminder of all that has been achieved at the University of Bath under your leadership.”
Dame Glynis thanked the Chancellor and assembled guests. She said:
“17 years as Vice-Chancellor is an eternity, yet it feels like it has passed in the batting of an eye.
“We have achieved so much. Not just in the sheer growth of the University, but in its influence and standing nationally and internationally.
“The entire University community, with our civic and business partners locally, regionally, nationally and, increasingly, internationally, has made these things happen.
“I am glad to have this opportunity to thank all of you who have helped to make my years as VC exciting and productive.”
The dinner marked the midway point in our week of graduation ceremonies, held this year at the Theatre Royal, where we welcomed more than 3,000 new graduates into our alumni community, and awarded several honorary degrees.