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Toksvig enters chancellor race
Sandi Toksvig
Sandi Toksvig will be backed by the Liberal Democrats in her anti-fees campaign
Broadcaster and writer, Sandi Toksvig, is entering the race to become Oxford University chancellor.

Ms Toksvig will campaign as a candidate against student fees in the election to become the university's ceremonial figurehead.

She says that "tuition fees and top-up fees are contrary to the British principle that education should be available to all students on merit".

And her campaign is backed by the Liberal Democrats, who are set to launch a petition against top-up fees on Monday.

This will make Ms Toksvig the third candidate for the ballot for chancellor - with only one day left before Tuesday's deadline for nominating candidates.

Clinton to stand?

There has been speculation that former United States president, Bill Clinton, will also seek election as chancellor.

But so far the only formal nominations have been for the European Commissioner, Chris Patten, and Lord Bingham.

The issue of student funding is likely to be prominent in any debates between candidates for chancellor, following the announcement last month of the government's plans to increase student fees.

Last week, Oxford University Student Union published an anti-fees statement that it wanted candidates for the chancellorship to sign.

The students said that agreeing with this statement against fees would influence which candidate they endorsed.

Lord Bingham has already spoken in support of top-up fees.

The ballot among Oxford graduates for the role of university chancellor will be held next month.




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