Mary Beard, Professor of Classics and Times Literary Supplement Classics editor blogs:
“Sainsbury’s brief nomination statement has got it much righter. He sees the duty of the chancellor as championing the university, not trying to guide its policy.
As it happens, when I talked to him, I found his views on many things (from access to RAE/REF) much much closer to my own than I had expected. And that is, if I’m honest, what adds a little enthusiasm to my vote. But it’s not what actually commits me to voting for the guy in the first place. The key thing, for me, is that he correctly sees what the ‘job’ of the chancellor is.”