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24 February 2003 PR 03/12

Sir John Jennings appointed as new Chancellor of Loughborough University

Loughborough University is delighted to announce that Sir John Jennings, CBE, FRSE – former chairman of the Shell Transport and Trading Company plc – has been appointed as the University’s fourth Chancellor. Sir John will succeed Sir Denis Rooke, OM, CBE, who is to retire from the position in the summer, having served for fourteen years.

Born in 1937, Sir John Jennings was educated at Oldbury Grammar School and Birmingham and Edinburgh Universities, gaining a BSc in Geology in 1958 and a PhD three years later. He was also Sloan Fellow at the London Business School.

Sir John joined Shell in 1968, where he worked in a variety of posts in the UK and abroad, becoming Managing Director of Shell UK Exploration and Production Ltd in 1979 and Exploration and Production Coordinator for Shell International in 1984. He was Managing Director of the Royal Dutch Shell Group from 1987 to 1997 and Chairman of the Shell Transport and Trading Company plc from 1993 to 1997. Sir John was a Director of the company between 1987 and 2001.

He received an Honorary DSc from the universities of Edinburgh in 1991 and Birmingham in 1998, and has been a member of the governing bodies at the London Business School and the University of Exeter.

The Chancellor is the formal principal officer of the University who presides over meetings of the University Court, which meets annually to receive the Vice Chancellor’s Report and the Accounts.

The Chancellor is also an ex-officio member of the University Council and confers degrees on graduates of the University.

Sir John will be installed as Chancellor of Loughborough University in July 2003.

For further information contact:
Hannah Baldwin, Head of PR, T: 01509 222239, E: H.E.Baldwin@lboro.ac.uk

Notes to editors

1.Sir John Jennings was awarded the CBE in 1985 and was knighted in 1997.

2.Career history:

3. Loughborough has an established reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with industry, and unrivalled sporting achievement. Assessments of teaching quality by the Quality Assurance Agency place Loughborough in the top flight of UK universities, and industry highlights Loughborough in its top five for graduate recruitment. Around 30% of the University’s income is for research. The University has been awarded four Queen’s Anniversary Prizes: for its collaboration with aerospace and automotive companies such as BAE Systems, Ford and Rolls Royce; for its work in developing countries; for pioneering research in optical engineering; and for its world-leading role in sports research, education and development.

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