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Lord Mayor of London becomes City University London's new Chancellor

Alderman Michael Bear was installed at City's January Graduation.
by Sarah Birdsall

A Graduation Ceremony at London's prestigious Guildhall was the venue for the installation of the Lord Mayor of London, Alderman Michael Bear, as City University London's latest Chancellor. The event took place on Wednesday 12 January 2011. City's Vice-Chancellor, Professor Paul Curran also awarded Alderman Bear an honorary Doctor of Science degree.

City has an unusual arrangement with regard to its Chancellors. The University's Chancellor is the Lord Mayor of London, which means that the person who holds this position changes every year.

At the Graduation Ceremony the new Chancellor had an opportunity to meet hundreds of City students who were graduating. He shook their hands as they made their way across the Guildhall stage, telling them: "It is a great privilege to stand here today to share the achievements of each and every one of you". Of his new role at City he said he was "extremely and especially proud", describing the University as "a world class institution in a world class city".

"Alderman Bear has unparalleled links with the Square Mile and is a great supporter of City University London. Having the Lord Mayor as our Chancellor emphasises our position as a leading international university focused on business and the professions. I look forward to developing our working relationship during his term".

Professor Paul Curran, Vice-Chancellor, City University London

Alderman Bear was born in Nairobi, brought up in Cyprus and arrived in the UK 32 years ago. He studied Civil Engineering at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa and holds an MBA from Cranfield University. He is Managing Director of Balfour Beatty Property Ltd and in the City he was responsible for bringing the development of iconic Spitalfields to a successful conclusion as Chief Executive of the Spitalfields Development Group.

His voluntary work includes charity projects in South Africa, Bangladesh and throughout the UK. He is Director of CRASH, Spitalfields Market Community Trust, the Drinking Fountain Association and is a Governor of the Sir John Cass Primary School and London Southbank University.

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