University role for BBC's Esler
BBC journalist and novelist Gavin Esler has been appointed Chancellor of the University of Kent.
Esler, who graduated from Kent with a BA in English and American Literature in 1974, succeeds Sir Robert Worcester who has retired from the post.
As Chancellor, his duties will include conferring degrees, chairing the University's Court and representing the university on special occasions.
Born in Glasgow and raised in Edinburgh and Northern Ireland, Esler has worked for the BBC since 1977, most recently as one of the main presenters on Newsnight.
He said: "I was lucky enough to be the first member of my family to achieve a university degree and my time in Canterbury inspired me greatly.
"I have a long connection with Kent and Canterbury and I hope to help other young men and women to achieve their ambitions through a wonderful university experience."
Kent's Vice-Chancellor Professor Dame Julia Goodfellow said: "I am confident he will be an inspiration to all our students and a marvellous ambassador for Kent in its 50th anniversary year and beyond."