The author of Brooklyn said he would ‘use all my energy’ in the role, to help champion benefits of higher education

Novelist Colm Tóibín has been appointed chancellor of the University of Liverpool. The author, who won the 2009 Costa novel of the year with Brooklyn, accepted the role because of the part universities play promoting ideas and connections, which, he said. mattered now more than ever.

“The ways in which divisions are occurring in Europe mean we must insist that the life of the mind – reading, studying and thinking – remains free, remains something that connects us,” said Tóibín. He added: “I think in the next few years the connections that universities make will be important and I hope to be involved in that and to use all my energy to help in any way.”

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