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Hillary Clinton coming to Belfast on Friday for inauguration as QUB chancellor

Former US secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton

HILLARY Clinton will be in Belfast on Friday to be formally inaugurated as chancellor of Queen's University.

The former US Secretary of State was appointed to the role in January 2020 but she has not been able to visit the university due to the coronavirus pandemic.

She succeeds Dr Thomas Moran, who died unexpectedly in August 2018 and will be the first female chancellor in its history.

Mrs Clinton received an honorary Doctor of Laws from Queen's in October 2018 for her exceptional public service.

The ceremony is taking place at the end of the first week of the new academic year which has seen more than 50,000 students return to Northern Ireland campuses for face-to-face teaching following mostly remote-learning.

Parts of some degree courses will continue to be delivered online.

Mrs Clinton, who was also First Lady between 1993 and 2001, will be formally installed as the 11th chancellor of the university's history in Whitla Hall ceremony.

It will include a speech by the new chancellor, who will also confer honorary degrees.

She has spoken of the "great privilege" of the appointment and her "great fondness" for the university which she has a "strong relationship with".

As well as the ceremonial role of the post - presiding at degree congregations - the chancellor also has an ambassadorial role, helping "to open doors for the university" and an advisory on to the vice-chancellor and senior management providing "counsel and guidance".

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