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Dr James Naughtie

Chancellor of the University

Dr James Naughtie

Dr James Naughtie, one of Britain’s best-known broadcasters, became Chancellor of the University of Stirling in October 2008. He has a ten year term of office, during which he will preside over graduation ceremonies and other key University events.

Born and educated in Aberdeenshire, he began his journalism career in 1975 on the Press and Journal and wrote for the Scotsman and Guardian before moving into broadcasting. Currently, he presents Today on BBC Radio 4, and is host of the network’s monthly Bookclub. For Today, he has travelled to more than two dozen countries, and has written and presented two acclaimed series on American politics.

He has also introduced programmes on music on BBC radio and television over many years and in 2007 wrote and presented an award-winning radio series, 'The Making of Music', an account of the European classical tradition. He has anchored BBC radio election results programmes for more than ten years, and been commentator at many national events on radio and television.

He was made an honorary Doctor of the University of Stirling in 2001.


The Chancellor is Head of the University and is appointed by University Court. Although the tenure of this appointment is typically five years, it is possible to re-appoint. The Chancellor’s formal duty is to preside over degree congregations and other key University events.

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