Award-winning historian becomes Pro Chancellor of Staffs University

Michael Wood - Pro Chancellor

Acclaimed film maker and historian Michael Wood has been made a Pro Chancellor of Staffordshire University.

Michael, who will be familiar to television viewers after the autumn screening of his Story of India on BBC TV, visited the Stafford campus yesterday (Nov 22) to be appointed at the Chancellor’s Forum.

Known to television audiences as a writer and presenter of many critically acclaimed series, Michael was also awarded the Honorary Award of DUniv by Staffs University in July in recognition of his work and enthusiasm for history.

He said: “It’s a great honour indeed to be appointed one of the Pro Chancellors of the University. I was up in Stafford earlier in the year when I received an Honorary Doctorate and I was truly impressed by the dedication and imagination of the teaching staff and by the energy and enthusiasm of the students.

“Staffordshire University is a pioneer in British education, committed to ideals which will be crucial to the welfare of the country in the coming years – namely that equal opportunities in higher education should be open to all people of whatever background. I hope that in some small way I shall be able to help in that.”

Michael’s films have centred on history but have also included travel, such as the Bafta award-winning River Journeys: The Sacred Way, as well as political films and cultural history.

Michael enjoyed a tour of the University’s facilities with Vice Chancellor Christine King and Deputy Vice Chancellor Paul Richards and was keen to praise students’ commitment and achievements.

His partner Rebecca, who is also an award-winning film producer and a Visiting Professor at Staffordshire University, accompanied Michael to the Chancellor’s Forum where he was officially inaugurated as the University’s Third Pro Chancellor.

Visitors to the Forum also experienced a tour of the facilities in the Ruxton Technology Centre.

Experts from the University’s Health Faculty demonstrated hand-washing techniques and gave a presentation on the complexities of calculating obesity.

Break dancing moves were brought to life on screen with a demonstration by The Motion Capture Studio team and academics from Motorsport Technology held a workshop and screened footage in the TV Studio.