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Professor Derrick Swartz

Professor Derrick Swartz

Vice Chancellor: Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University

Vice-Chancellor: Prof Derrick Swartz


Professor Derrick Swartz has served as the Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University from 2008 to date. Previously, he served as Vice-Chancellor and Rector of the University of Fort Hare from 1999 to 2007, one of South Africa’s most iconic and celebrated universities where former President Nelson Mandela and generations of leaders of South Africa’s democratic movement studied.

Professor Swartz has a BA degree from the University of the Western Cape, and MA and DPhil degrees in sociology of development and industrialization from Essex University. He was also the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate in Human Rights Law from Essex University in 2008. During the transition years leading up to democracy in South Africa in the early 1990s, he played a key role in rethinking and planning towards the establishment of the post-apartheid public sector in South Africa. He founded the Institute of Government in 1995 and served as Professor and Chair of Inter-Governmental Relations.

Since 1999, his interests have focused on Higher Education policy making, institutional development and social transformation in universities. He is particularly interested in models of linking universities in developing countries into their local, regional and global habitats in support of sustainable development. His scholarly interests include the role of universities in the economy, the philosophy of science, and the developmental role of higher education.

Professor Swartz serves on the Higher Education South Africa board, policy task teams, public trusts, and formerly served as board member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU).

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Baroness Janet Royall of Blaisdon

Baroness Janet Royall of Blaisdon

Pro-Chancellor: University of Bath School of Managment

Baroness Janet Royall of Blaisdon


Baroness Janet Royall of Blaisdom is the Pro-Chancellor of the University of Bath. She was General Secretary of the British Labour Group in the European Parliament until 1986. From 1986 until 1992 she worked with Neil Kinnock, Leader of the Opposition. She then went to Brussels to work in the European Commission, firstly in the Kinnock Cabinet and then in the Communications Directorate, responsible for relations with the European Parliament and as head of the Commission Office in Wales.

In 2004 she was given a life peerage and became a Privy Counsellor in 2008. She has been Leader of the Lords, Lord President of the Council and a member of the Cabinet, Chief Whip, Government spokesperson on health, foreign affairs and international development, and until May 2015 was Leader of the Opposition. Baroness Royall works with many local and national organisations, especially in relation to young people, health, education, culture, women and diversity. She is chair of DRIVE, a diversity and inclusion initiative, and chair of the People’s History Museum in Manchester. She is a Vice-President of the Party of European Socialists and an active member of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association. She lives in the Forest of Dean in the United Kingdom and has three children.

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