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Shabir Randeree CBE inaugurated as UEL Chancellor

Ceremony attended by VIPs including the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan

Shabir Randeree CBE has been inaugurated as the new Chancellor of the University of East London (UEL).

The successful entrepreneur and philanthropist was formally installed as the University’s third Chancellor at a ceremony in Stratford, east London, on 6th October.

The ceremony was attended by more than 250 VIPs, staff, students and guests, including the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan.

Mr Randeree said: “It is a huge honour and privilege to serve as Chancellor of the University of East London. It is a richly diverse university, with more than 120 different nationalities represented on campus, and I very much look forward to being part of such a vibrant educational community.

“UEL’s mission to extend access to higher education mirrors my own personal journey. I came to the United Kingdom from South Africa when I was 15 and was able to take advantage of some wonderful educational opportunities.

 “I’m looking forward to being an ambassador for UEL and its values and also getting involved in expanding entrepreneurship at the University.”

Mark Stephens, Chair of UEL’s Board of Governors, said, "I am thrilled and delighted that Shabir is to become our new Chancellor. He shares the values and life experience of many of our students." 

Mr Randeree takes up the role of Chancellor in succession to Lord Noon, who died last year.

UEL’s first Chancellor, Lord Rix, who served the University from 1997 to 2012, also passed away in August this year.

Both Lord Noon and Lord Rix were tireless advocates for the University and founded research centres that continue their legacy. Tributes were paid to both men at the ceremony.