Royal Academician, singer, songwriter, social activist and philanthropist Dr Annie Lennox OBE was named as the University’s new Chancellor – the first woman to hold the role. Dr Lennox succeeds Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus, anti-poverty campaigner and founder of the Grameen Bank and Social Business Movement. She said: “It is truly a remarkable honour. I am humbled by it, and intend to serve this outstanding institution in the very best way I can.”

The Principal joined Dr Graça Machel, the African Leadership Academy’s Chancellor and former First Lady of South Africa and Mozambique, to cut the ceremonial ribbon at the institution’s new campus. The event was held during the second meeting of the African Leadership University Global Advisory Council.

More than 1300 students celebrated completing their studies at graduation ceremonies in Glasgow and London. They were joined by honorary graduates women-in-STEM ambassador Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE; Primary Engineer CEO Dr Susan Scurlock; Professor Sir David Greenaway, economist and former Vice-Chancellor of Nottingham University; Brian Williamson, CEO of Jumpstart; and Lady Susan Rice CBE, Chair of Scotland 2020 Climate Group; as well as Senior Visiting Fellow in the Department of Public Health and Primary Care at the Institute of Public Health at the University of Cambridge Professor Mike Kelly, who was appointed Honorary Professor and presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award.