The University of Cumbria is welcoming Stephen Cottrell, the Archbishop of York, as its new chancellor following John Sentamu’s departure.

As part of his new role, Revd Cottrell has welcomed students to the university by writing two special prayers for the chaplaincy and multi-faith services.

He said: “I was thrilled to be asked to become chancellor of the University of Cumbria.

“Recognising the opportunities that the university offers in a broad range of locations, I welcome the chance to work with staff to enable students to realise their potential and also to promote the work of the university more widely.” 

“The university plays a crucial role in the revitalisation of the north west, and securing the ongoing support and partnership of local businesses will ensure that the area can flourish as more young people remain and work there.”

He will be formally inaugurated into his role as chancellor alongside celebrations for this year’s graduates.

This will take place at a later date when the government guidelines on coronavirus allow it.

Professor Julie Mennell, vice chancellor, said: “We are delighted that Archbishop Stephen has agreed to join us as Chancellor and look forward to working with him to support the work and impact of our university.

“Archbishop Stephen’s values-set, strong background in youth work and community working coupled with his passion for addressing socio-economic and regional inequalities provides us with a tremendous source of expertise and experience to increase this reach and impact further.”