Vice-Chancellor's Office


The University is delighted to have appointed the writer, broadcaster and comedian, Sandi Toksvig, as Chancellor. In 2010 the University awarded her an honorary degree in recognition of her work and she was installed as Chancellor in October 2012.

Sandi is well known to British audiences for her varied roles in television and radio. Her links with the University include the donation by her family of their father’s books to the School of Languages and Area Studies, which teaches American Studies.

Sandi is a graduate of Girton College, Cambridge, where she gained a first class honours degree in archaeology and anthropology and where she also won the Theresa Montefiore Memorial Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement and the Raemaekers Prize for Archaeology.

She hopes to use her role to help bring the University and its excellence to the attention of a wider audience. She said: ‘I was surprised and delighted to be invited by the University to become Chancellor and am very honoured to accept. I am passionate about higher education and am hugely impressed by Portsmouth’s mission to encourage students from every walk of life to excel’.

‘At university I learnt to think and most importantly, to question what I thought I already knew. Historically great ideas have often sprung from the unexpected.’