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Baroness Lockwood

Chancellor 1997 - 2005

On her appointment as the University's fourth Chancellor in March 1997, Baroness Betty Lockwood said, "Education is one of the most precious things in life both to the individual and to society as a whole, and as Chancellor I hope to continue to promote that belief in many ways".

Baroness Lockwood had a non-traditional route into higher education having left school at 14 then studying at night school before winning the Mary Macarthur Scholarship for Working Women to Ruskin College, Oxford.

Since 1983 when she first joined the University Council and throughout her Chancellorship, Baroness Lockwood has vigorously supported the University's widening participation strategy, ensuring that higher education is accessible to all.

This has led to Bradford's pioneering and successful track record in raising participation levels, particularly from traditionally underrepresented groups.

Baroness Lockwood's political career to date has been groundbreaking. She was appointed as the first Chairman of the Equal Opportunities Commission in 1975, a post she held for eight years, and was founding Chair of the EU Advisory Committee on Sex Equality.

Baroness Lockwood has been an active life peer since 1978 and a Deputy Speaker of the House of Lords since 1989.

Patron of the Born in Bradford project.

The Baroness Lockwood Award for Distinguished Teaching was set up in 2005.