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Steve Cram CBE

Chancellor 2008 - present

Steve Cram became the University of Sunderland's Chancellor in 2008.

Steve Cram is a former Olympic gold medallist and one of the world's greatest athletes. He set world records in the 1500 metres, 2000 metres and the mile; he was the first man to run 1500 metres in under three minutes and 30 seconds; he won the 1500 metres gold medal at the 1983 World Championships and also the 1500 metres silver medal at the 1984 Olympic Games.

Steve is now the BBC's chief athletics commentator, a Guardian sports writer, and is Chairman of the English Institute for Sport.

Steve received his sports studies degree at the University of Sunderland in 1983. Three years later he was back at the University to receive an Honorary Fellowship for his outstanding contribution to sport, and in 1994 he became Honorary President of the Alumni Association.

"I'm delighted and honoured to have been asked to accept the post of Chancellor of the University of Sunderland," said Steve. "I'm passionate about the North-East, Sunderland and education, and this will give me a wonderful opportunity to combine all three."


Lord Puttnam of Queensgate CBE

Chancellor 1997 - 2007

In 2007, our first Chancellor Lord Puttnam of Queensgate CBE retired after ten years of service to the University. He has been an outstanding ambassador for the University and has championed its vision of providing life-changing higher education opportunities.

David Puttnam spent 30 years as an independent film producer. His award-winning films include The Mission, The Killing Fields, Local Hero, Chariots of Fire and Midnight Express. He was head of Columbia Pictures from 1986 to 1988, the only non-American ever to run a Hollywood studio. David became president of UNICEF UK in 2002. He continues to be an ambassador for the University of Sunderland.

"Lord Puttnam has been probably the University's most important figure over the past ten years, providing us with distinguished leadership. His commitment to Sunderland, his wonderful ideas and initiatives have taken us to another level. He will be sorely missed by so many at the University, the city and the region." Professor Peter Fidler, Vice-Chancellor.