Dr Tanya Byron to be installed as first Edge Hill University Chancellor

Consultant Clinical Psychologist, writer and broadcaster Dr. Tanya Byron will make history on Saturday, 6 December, 2008 when she will become the first ever Chancellor of Edge Hill University. Her appointment is another major milestone in a historic week at Edge Hill that also saw Reverend Jesse Jackson deliver an inspiring lecture at the University.

On her appointment, Dr Byron said: “When I found out that Edge Hill University began life as the first non-denominational teacher training college for women in 1885, I knew immediately that here was an institution rooted in profound and fundamental educational and social innovation and change. Looking at its many excellent courses, so many vocational, and all rated so highly by the students taking them, Edge Hill continues its pioneering and inspired educational tradition, first set down over 123 years ago. It was an honour to be asked to be the first Chancellor of this fantastic university and a complete privilege to accept!”

Dr Byron has recently completed the Safer Children in a Digital World Report, an independent review looking at the risks to children from exposure to potentially harmful or inappropriate material on the internet and in video games. All of the recommendations in the report have since been accepted by Government, and Dr Byron has been appointed to a forum of independent experts that will shape Britain’s digital future.

Dr John Cater, Vice-Chancellor of Edge Hill University said: “We are extremely happy to welcome Dr Byron to her new role at the University at an exciting time of unprecedented growth at Edge Hill. Not only is Dr. Byron instantly recognisable from her television work, she is also a respected practitioner in the health, education and social care fields, with a long history of clinical practice. I know that her appointment will inspire our students.”

Dr Byron’s installation will take place during a graduation ceremony at which Oliver Fulton, Emeritus Professor of Higher education at Lancaster University will receive Edge Hill’s first Honorary Doctorate of Education. The award is made in recognition of Professor Fulton’s academic reputation and valued contribution as a Governor at Edge Hill University.