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University of Bolton Chancellor

Earl of St Andrews, George Philip Nicholas Windsor

University of Bolton Chancellor, The University of Bolton’s Chancellor is the Earl of St Andrews, George Philip Nicholas Windsor.


He is the third Chancellor in the history of the University and his three-year term of office officially began on 1 January 2017.

The Earl of St Andrews (George Philip Nicholas Windsor), eldest son of Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Kent, was born in 1962. He was educated at Eton College (Kings Scholar) and Downing College, Cambridge University, where he read history.

After a period in HM Diplomatic Service during which he served in New York (at the UK Mission to the UN) and Budapest, he worked for a number of years in the antiquarian book business, including at Christies UK. Recently he has been chairman of an Internet-based world history project, the Golden Web (2006-2012).

He is patron, chairman or trustee of a number of organisations, including the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation (trustee since 1996, chairman since 2005), SOS Children’s Villages UK (trustee since 1999), the Association for International Cancer Research, now Worldwide Cancer Research (patron since 1995), the Princess Margarita of Romania Foundation (patron since 1997), the Welsh Sinfonia (patron since 2011), the Next Century Foundation (member, advisory board, since 2012), the Mongolia and Inner Asia Studies Unit, University of Cambridge (patron since 2012), and the Global eHealth Foundation (trustee since 2013).

The Earl’s interest in cultural diversity and building bridges between civilisations is mirrored within the University and in particular represented by our Centre for Islamic Finance. The Centre’s exceptional lecture series has in itself given testament to the sharing of ideas across cultures. The Earl has been associated with the University through the Centre for Islamic Finance for some time now as its patron.