In a momentous year, Royal Academician, singer-songwriter, social activist and philanthropist Dr Annie Lennox OBE was installed as our Chancellor in July.
Chancellor Lennox was joined by hundreds of guests including First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, Chancellors of Oxford Brookes University, Dame Katherine Grainger, Edinburgh Napier, David Eustace, Salford, Professor Jackie Kay MBE, and of Glasgow University, Sir Kenneth Calman, and our students and supporters at a ceremony in the Saltire Centre.
Our first female Chancellor, she succeeded Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus, anti-poverty campaigner and founder of the social business movement.
Our relationship with Chancellor Lennox began in 2011, when we awarded her our first International Humanitarian Award for Outstanding Achievement in recognition of her work to promote health and human rights for women and children affected by HIV/AIDS.
Throughout her hugely creative and successful musical career spanning more than 30 years as a solo artist, as one half of duo Eurythmics and as singer with The Tourists, Chancellor Lennox has received an Oscar, four Grammy Awards, eight Brit Awards and four Ivor Novello Awards.
Her SING Campaign raises awareness and funds to prevent the spread of HIV and AIDS. Chancellor Lennox was inspired to launch SING while performing for Nelson Mandela’s 46664 HIV Foundation in South Africa in 2003. Visiting the nation’s orphanages, hospitals and communities, and during trips to Uganda as an Ambassador for Comic Relief and to Malawi as Special Envoy for the Scottish Parliamentary Commonwealth Association, Chancellor Lennox saw the ravages of the disease for herself and resolved to amplify the “virtually silent voice” of women and children suffering its effects.
SING has raised more than £1m to resource projects such as vital interventions to reduce the transmission of HIV from mothers to their babies and treatment literacy programmes.
Chancellor Lennox went on to found The Circle in 2008. The Circle envisions equality for women and girls in a fairer world and supports some of the most disempowered among them to challenge injustice. It has raised more than £2m to transform the lives of over 140,000 women and girls in more than 16 countries - from supporting Rape Crisis here in Glasgow, to helping fund the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Panzi Hospital, which is renowned for its ground-breaking support of survivors of sexual violence.
An Ambassador for UNAIDS, Oxfam, Amnesty International and the British Red Cross, Chancellor Lennox received the Nobel Woman of Peace Award in 2011 for her work on HIV/AIDS prevention and control. In the same year, her humanitarian work was recognised with an OBE. In 2017, Chancellor Lennox’s philanthropic work was honoured when she received the George Harrison Global Citizen Award.