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Cardiff University chancellor Prof Sir Martin Evans nominated again

Griff Rhys Jones Image copyright Cardiff University
Image caption Mr Rhys Jones was photographed in the chancellor's robes a week before he was to be appointed

Cardiff's University's debacle over its chancellor's role appears to be heading for a resolution after comedian Griff Rhys Jones's appointment was stalled.

A ceremony to install him in the role was halted less than an hour before it was due to take place on 10 April.

The university's council says it has now recommended Prof Sir Martin Evans continues to serve for a further term.

His nomination will have to be approved by a special meeting of the university's court.

Mr Rhys Jones withdrew from consideration for the ceremonial role when it emerged Sir Martin was not offered the chance to be reappointed.

There were calls for resignations and Cardiff University apologised over the last-minute cancellation of what had been promoted as Rhys Jones's installation as chancellor.

The reason for the delay emerged following a meeting of the university's court in which Sir Martin said he would probably have accepted an offer to renew his appointment if it had been made.

On Tuesday, Jayne Dowden, secretary to Cardiff University's council, said: "The council, the university's supreme governing body, has recommended that Prof Sir Martin Evans continues to serve for a further term in the honorary, ceremonial role of university chancellor."

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