Sir Thomas dons Chancellor’s cap and gown at Durham Cathedral

Huge congratulations to Sir Thomas Allen who has had his official Installation as Chancellor of Durham University.

In a ceremony at the historic Durham Cathedral yesterday, June 26th, Sir Thomas formally took his oath of office as Chancellor, taking on the role from former Chancellor Bill Bryson who was also in attendance. 

Sir Thomas said:  “I feel hugely humble to be Chancellor of Durham University and yet I have immense pride. It’s the most extraordinary accolade.

“I’m aware that it’s an honorary role, a celebratory role, a role where you get to wear a nice uniform, but I have a part to play and I want to play it to the best of my ability.

“There’s a vibrancy here that I think is second to none, which really presents a wonderful opportunity for students and the entire University community.

“I look forward to being part of that and in extolling the virtues of this great University wherever and whenever I can.”


At the appointment of Sir Thomas, author Philip Pullman and artist David Inshaw were both awarded Honorary Doctorate degrees at the Congregation ceremony yesterday.

Sir Thomas Allen will hold the office of Chancellor for five years and joins an illustrious tradition of Chancellors of the University which includes Dame Margot Fonteyn and Sir Peter Ustinov.  

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