University Chancellor Renames Building

A building at the University of Wolverhampton’s Telford Innovation Campus has been renamed by its Chancellor. 

University of Wolverhampton Chancellor The Rt Hon. Lord Paul of Marylebone PC led a ceremony at the campus to name its main building The Angad Paul Building in memory of his son who sadly died in November 2015.

The move is part of a legacy gift of £500,000 that Lord Paul has agreed to donate to the University in memory of Angad via the Ambika Paul Foundation, a charitable trust set up by Lord Paul in memory of his daughter Ambika.

In recognition of the gift and as a tribute to Angad, the University decided to name the building after him.

Lord Paul was joined by close friends, civic guests and University staff today (Monday 18 February 2019) to mark the occasion and unveil a plaque and picture in memory of Angad.

University of Wolverhampton Chancellor, Lord Paul said: “Angad sadly passed away at the young age of 45 in 2015. He had many qualities that were cherished by those who knew him, but two are especially meaningful as we name this building in his memory.

“Angad was a creative and successful entrepreneur, whose leadership helped make Caparo, our family business, a dynamic enterprise. Fundamental to his world view was his humanitarian conviction that commerce was something more than a business activity.

“Angad passionately believed that our professional activities should embrace values that relate to making a better world and better human beings.

“After twenty one years as Chancellor of this University, I am confident that the Telford Innovation Campus will be an outstanding centre of engineering excellence, and that it will also nurture the quality of creativity of which Angad Paul's life and attitudes remind us. I hope that our event today will be a landmark on that journey.”

In his speech to guests, which included the High Commissioner of India to the UK, Ruchi Ghanashyam, Lord Paul also announced a pledge to donate money to the Indian Government to support the families of Indian soldiers killed in a terror attack in Pulwama last week.

Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Geoff Layer, said: “Lord Paul has and continues to be an exceptional ambassador for the University of Wolverhampton and the naming of the Angad Paul Building will be particularly poignant for him and his family, providing a lasting tribute to their beloved son’s life.

“Angad was an industrialist so it is fitting that his memory and legacy will go on to support the next generation of entrepreneurs.”

The gift is to be used to support a number of initiatives for students and staff. These will be:

  • Lord Swraj Paul Early Careers Research Fund – to support early careers researchers leading up to the Research Excellence Framework 2021
  • Lord Swraj Paul Excellence in Teaching Fund - to support individual and group teaching excellence reward initiatives
  • Lord Swraj Paul Fund to support Student Entrepreneurial Initiatives.

Further information

Picture Caption (from left to right): Mayor of Telford, Councillor Raj Mehta, Vice-Chancellor Geoff Layer, Dr Simon Walford - University of Wolverhampton Chair of Board of Governors, Lord Paul, Ruchi Ghanashyam- High Commissioner of India to the UK, Steve Smith- CEO The Lawrence Group, Phoebe Smith – The Lawrence Group and Dr Aman Puri, Consul General of India, Birmingham.

Date Issued: Monday 18 February 2019

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