Updated on: 01/09/2017
We are very saddened to hear the news of the death of Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor, Chancellor of Newman University.
Professor Scott Davidson, Vice Chancellor of Newman University, Birmingham, said: "The thoughts of everyone at Newman University are with our Chancellor Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor at this time and we pray that his strong faith gives comfort to his family, friends and colleagues.
"Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor has been a real advocate for the university – one of the first Catholic universities in England since the Reformation – since his appointment in 2014 and has proven to be a trusted and supportive advisor to both myself and my predecessor as Vice Chancellor during that time.
"A pioneer in his ecumenical and interfaith work, he provided spiritual guidance during an unprecedented period of social change and, as a university that is committed to providing students with a formative education shaped by intellectual rigour and an awareness of how their actions and decisions impact and are shaped by the world around them, he was the natural choice to be our inaugural Chancellor."