A well known Indian-origin television journalist and show host has been appointed the chancellor of the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) in England.
Ranvir Singh, 39, becomes the third chancellor of the university at Preston, the city she grew up in and completed a post-graduate diploma in broadcast journalism in 2000.
“I am honoured to be given this opportunity of helping inspire the next generation of talent coming through. The University has an exciting future and I can’t wait to be part of it. Had this ceremony been on any other day I’d have been covering Donald Trump’s inauguration in Washington,” she said.
Singh has presented programmes such as Good Morning Britain, ITV Evening News and News at Ten and the Tonight programme. In 2015 she was adjudged Asian Media Personality of the Year.
“I am immensely proud to accept the university’s offer of becoming its new chancellor. I’m Preston born and bred, I studied for my postgraduate degree in journalism here and the experience helped to shape me and my career,” she said.
David Taylor, the university’s pro-chancellor, said: “Ranvir continues to make a huge success of her career in broadcasting and journalism. Importantly, she has an affinity with Preston and the university and is someone who cares about our heritage and our future. She is a wonderful communicator with the capacity to inspire and I know she will be a fantastic role model for our students”.