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It has not been custom and practice to reappoint the University’s most senior honorary role in the entire 130 years of Cardiff University’s history. Only three former holders of the post held it for more than one term – Lord Glanely (1934 to 1945) during the Second World War; Lord Elwyn Jones (1970-1988) and Lord Kinnock of Bedwellty (1989 to 2009 ) during two mergers. The office of Chancellor is an honorary and non-salaried ceremonial role.
At the annual meeting of Court (10 April) members raised the question of whether Professor Sir Martin Evans could serve a second term. Discussion followed over the rules of nomination and appointment, and the matter was referred back to the University's Council for clarification, and later reconsideration by Court. No appointment was considered during the meeting because of the raising of the procedural point.
"The University wishes to make it explicitly clear that the reputations of both Griff Rhys Jones and Professor Sir Martin Evans were not in question. Both are valued friends and supporters of Cardiff University. We are immensely proud of the work of Professor Sir Martin Evans over the past five years, helping to steer the University towards new goals and achievements on a global stage. Griff Rhys Jones is a Fellow of the University, and a Patron of the University Research Institute for Sustainable Places, and we greatly appreciate his ongoing work on behalf of the University.
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