So Richard Lambert is the new Chancellor of the University of Warwick. An ex-FT journalist and Director-General of the Confederation of British Industry, he’s perfectly in tune with the commercial focus that made Warwick Margaret Thatcher’s favourite university.
He inherits a university with strong finances, a top 10 UK rank, a world-class business school, and a well-equipped campus. As a 60s university Warwick will never have the dreaming spires and sterling history of Oxbridge, but as Britain’s second wave of universities move towards their half-century it’s obvious which ones have succeeded, and Warwick’s firmly at the top of that group. Good luck to him in keeping the good stuff good.