4th May 2001




The former Director of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London is to be installed next week as the new Chancellor of the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside.


Dame Elizabeth Esteve-Coll succeeds Dr J H ‘Harry’ Hooper, who retired in August last year, and will become the first Chancellor of the new University of Lincoln (subject to Privy Council approval).


She will be installed at a special ceremony in the atrium on the Lincoln campus at 12.30pm on Thursday 10th May.


Born in 1938, she married a former Spanish naval officer with whom she travelled extensively for nearly ten years before settling in London. She then became a mature student at Birkbeck College, University of London and gained a first-class degree in History of Art and History while working as a librarian at Kingston Polytechnic.


She became Head of Learning Resources at Kingston before moving to the University of Surrey. As Director of the V&A from 1988 to 1995 Dame Elizabeth succeeded in reorganising the museum to make it more accessible to the public and more efficient in terms of its internal management.


In 1995 she was created a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire and  left the V&A to become Vice Chancellor of the University of East Anglia. However, she had to stand down in September 1997 when multiple sclerosis was diagnosed.


“The appointment of Dame Elizabeth Esteve-Coll as Chancellor is a tremendous fillip for the institution,” said ULH spokesman Jez Ashberry. “The experience and knowledge which she will bring to this high-profile role will stand the university in good stead as we enter an exciting new era as the University of Lincoln.”


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Note to reporters: the Chancellor is nominally the head of a university, while the Vice Chancellor is the chief executive.


For more information contact: Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincolnshire & Humberside

Tel: 01522 886042

email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk

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