Ulster University installs Dr Colin Davidson as Chancellor and awards ten honorary degrees

Dr Colin Davidson, a graduate of Ulster University was appointed to the position in June 2021. The role of Chancellor combines ceremonial and ambassadorial duties, including the conferring of degrees at graduation ceremonies.

Colin graduated in 1991 from Ulster University with a first-class honours degree and has since become one of the world’s pre-eminent contemporary artists.  He has structured his practice in themes, and since 2010 his focus has been on painting grand scale portraits, which have won widespread recognition and many international awards. As well as numerous commissions, Colin’s portrait sitters have included Brad Pitt, Ed Sheeran, Liam Neeson, President Bill Clinton, Her Majesty the Queen, Brian Friel, Sir Kenneth Branagh, Christy Moore, John Hume, Dame Mary Peters, Gary Lightbody, Edna O’Brien, Glen Hansard, Mark Knopfler and Seamus Heaney.

Welcoming the new Chancellor, Ulster University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Paul Bartholomew said:

It is an honour to introduce Ulster University’s new Chancellor, Dr Colin Davison at the installation ceremony today. As an Ulster University graduate and now a critically acclaimed artist based locally and showcasing his work globally, Colin is a beacon of inspiration for our students.

The new Chancellor embodies all of the values that we hold dear at Ulster University, his creativity and proud sense of place coupled with his experience and wisdom will support students, staff and fellow alumni in the months and years ahead.

I am pleased to now be in a position to also recognise other outstanding role models and bestow honorary doctorates to individuals who have demonstrated leadership, resilience, integrity, progressive thinking, determination, talent and creativity. They are a source of inspiration to us all.”

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