Andrew Triggs Hodge OBE was invested as Staffordshire University Pro Chancellor in July 2015 at our annual awards ceremonies.
His ambition to help nurture young athletes and inspire future generations about the opportunities that come with education mirrors our own. As Pro Chancellor, Andrew sees his role as a way to support the development of young talent and to help prepare students for their own paths to a successful life.
Andrew is a graduate of Staffordshire University. He is slightly better known for being a two-time Olympic gold medal winning rower. You may wonder what the former has to do with the latter, but Andrew took up the sport of rowing while studying for his Environmental Science degree with us. The discipline the sport helped him to improve his attitude towards his academic studies.
Andrew continued his studies – and his rowing – at St Catherine’s College, Oxford, with a Masters degree in Water Science Policy and Management. There he stroked the winning crew in the Boat Race against the University of Cambridge in 2005.
After becoming double World Champion in 2005 and 2006, Andrew defended Great Britain’s Coxless Four title at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 to claim his first Olympic gold medal. It was shortly after he collected his second gold, at the London 2012 Olympics, that Andrew made his inspirational return to Staffordshire University as part of the opening ceremony for our new Science Centre. In 2013, he was recognised with the University’s highest honour – the award of Honorary Doctor of Staffordshire University.
Andrew’s own journey from Staffordshire graduate to two-times Olympic gold medal winner is inspirational to staff, students and the wider University community and we are delighted to have him as Pro Chancellor.
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