Middlesex University has appointed Dame Janet Ritterman as its next Chancellor. She succeeds Lord Sheppard of Didgemere who is stepping down in July, after 13 years in the post
Dame Janet has a long association with Middlesex having taught at the former Trent Park campus in the 70s and more recently serving on the University’s Board of Governors.
She is a prominent academic and musician with a global reputation as a champion of the arts. Now a Vice-President of the Royal College of Music London, one of the UK’s most prestigious arts institutions, she spent 12 years as its Director. Prior to this, she was Principal of Dartington College of Arts.
Her reputation for expertise in the arts has led to invitations to sit on a wide range of influential cultural and educational bodies and to advise governments and educational institutions all over the world. This includes serving on the British Arts & Humanities Research Board, as a founder member of the Creative Industries HE Forum for the Department of Culture Media and Sport, as an Associate Fellow and member of the Advisory Council for the Institute of Musical Research of the University of London and as chair of a funding review panel for the Higher Education Funding Council for England.
Her international work includes being appointed to the Austrian Government’s Wissenschaftsrat, which advises on the development of the Austrian higher education system, and chairing the Austrian Research Council’s international board for the funding of arts research, as well as advisory roles with educational institutions in Australia, New Zealand, Finland, Belgium and Switzerland.
An experienced pianist and accompanist, she was appointed Dame Commander of the British Empire in 2002 for services to music.
Colin Hughes, Chair of the Board of Governors, Middlesex University said: “We are delighted that Dame Janet Ritterman has accepted our invitation to become the next Chancellor and look forward to benefiting from her vast knowledge of higher education as well as a lifelong passion for creativity and the arts.”
“On behalf of the University I’d also like to both thank and pay tribute to Lord Sheppard of Didgemere who steps down after 13 years which have seen huge change both here at Middlesex and across higher education as a whole.”
Dame Janet Ritterman said: “Middlesex has for a long time held a special place in my affections, so I regard it as an honour and a privilege to be invited to become the University’s third Chancellor. I look forward to serving the University – its students, staff and alumni, as well as the wider network of those who embrace its concerns and its values – in whatever ways I can.”