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University of Salford names Granada Reports presenter Lucy Meacock as new Chancellor

Long-standing Granada Reports presenter Lucy Meacock has been named as the next Chancellor of the University of Salford.

Lucy, who has hosted ITV regional news programme Granada Reports for more than 30 years, will act as the ceremonial head of the institution. In the role, she will preside at Graduation ceremonies and support the University’s work.

As the University’s seventh chancellor, Lucy follows in the footsteps of HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, human geneticist Sir Walter Bodmer and Professor Jackie Kay CBE. On landing the career-changing role, she said: “I know I have been lucky – but the harder you work the luckier you get.

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“I hope students will look at me and realise if you show commitment and determination, you can have a rewarding and successful career.” Prior to working at Granada, Lucy spent two years in a live BBC News presenting job in London before catching the eye of rival network bosses.

Granada Reports is filmed at ITV’s base in Salford’s MediaCity hub. “Salford is very close to my heart,” Lucy proclaimed. “It is not only a richly diverse and fun place to study but a great place to make a career and a future. I have always encouraged talent to stay in the North West or to come back here one day – to make a difference.”

Lucy Meacock on Granada Reports with co-host Gamal Fahnbulleh (ITV screengrab)

Her time at Granada has led her to co-present alongside legendary news figures like the late Bob Greaves, Tony Wilson and Tony Morris. Lucy has also presented BAFTA-winning programmes on Hillsborough and an investigation into the cockle pickers tragedy in Morecambe Bay.

In 2001, Lucy won two Royal Television Society awards for the Manchester Bomb Programme and Organ Retention Scandal Debate. She also received an Honorary Doctorate of Arts from the University of Salford in 2019 in recognition of her services to regional news broadcasting.

Her new role as Chancellor will be formalised at a special celebratory Installation ceremony on 16 June 2022 on campus at the University of Salford. Lucy said: “It is a great honour and a complete privilege to be linked to such a thriving hub of talent. I have seen first-hand how the University of Salford has a tradition of nurturing and encouraging students to become their very best, in a part of the world which I love.”

She hopes to support students across the University, recognising the challenging times they have faced over the past few years due to the pandemic and praising their resilience.

“We have all had to get ourselves through a challenging time recently which has really tested our spirit,” she said. “Students have shown great resolve and I am sure when they enter the world of work they can draw on this strength of character. I want to help them in any way I can.”

Lucy with Tony Wilson on Granada Reports (Granada Television)

Chair of Council at the University of Salford, Lord Keith Bradley added: “As our new Chancellor I am delighted that Lucy Meacock will be written into the history of our proud institution. As a valued member of our University, she will play a pivotal role in inspiring the next generation and act as a voice for our many values through advocacy.

“Lucy’s shared sense of integrity and initiative, combined with her sense of civic pride and passion for supporting young people made her a perfect candidate for the role. I look forward to welcoming her into our University community in June, alongside our colleagues, students, alumni and partners.”

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