Top appeal court judge to lead Sheffield University

Lady Justice Rafferty.
Lady Justice Rafferty.
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A leading appeal court judge is to be Sheffield University’s next Chancellor - the figurehead of the institution.

Lady Justice Rafferty, who graduated with a law degree from the university in 1971, will take over the role from Sir Peter Middleton next summer.

Dame Anne has been a Lord Justice of Appeal since 2011 and will become the first woman to hold the office.

The Chancellor is empowered to confer degrees and other academic awards and has a key ambassadorial role.

In an outstanding career, Dame Anne has served in a number of senior positions.

She said: “The university gave me so much that I have always felt in its debt. This privilege – which means the world to me – begins my opportunity to repay. Sheffield is a world-class player as its research contribution is outstanding.”