University seeks input from city leaders

Knights of the Realm, top public servants and luminaries from the worlds of politics, culture and business were brought together by the University of Lincoln at the inauguration of its Court on Saturday, June 18,

University courts are an ancient tradition and at Lincoln they are seeking for advice from industry, commerce and arts representatives at a local and a national level.

The Court, led by the university’s Chancellor Professor Lord Adebowale of Thornes and Vice Chancellor Professor Mary Stuart, will initially have 62 members.

Among those who went to the inaugural meeting held at the Business and Law building on June 18 included Lincoln’s MP Karl McCartney and City of Lincoln Council Leader Ric Metcalfe.

The list of members of Court includes Professor Robert Winston as well the founding Chancellor of the university Dame Elizabeth Esteve-Coll and founding Vice Chancellor Professor David Chiddick CBE.

On Saturday the university’s new coat of arms was presented to the Lord Lieutenant by the Bluemantle Pursuivant in his ceremonial dress.

Deputy Vice Chancellor Dr Frances Mannsaker said that since the university started, it owes a lot to “the energy and commitment of the people and businesses of Lincolnshire.”

Dr Mannsaker added: “Building on this sense of co-operation and community involvement, the university is establishing a court to provide structured engagement between itself and major figures at local, regional and national level.”

The court will meet twice a year.

Source: University of Lincoln | Photos: Samantha Fisher for The Lincolnite