Our Chancellor

Dr Annie Lennox OBE continued to champion the University throughout 2019, celebrating graduations with students and returning to Glasgow for a series of events including her first musical performance in Scotland in a decade.

We celebrated the Royal Academician, singer-songwriter, activist and philanthropist in a stunning portrait, commissioned by the University and painted by renowned Scots artist Gerard Burns. The oil painting, which also features the University's motto - For the Common Weal - in gold lettering in Latin, Gaelic and Scots, is the most recent in a suite of portraits of our Chancellors and was unveiled by the artist to an audience of staff, students and guests.

A clarion voice in global feminism, Chancellor Lennox was one of 16 inspirational speakers at a TEDxGlasgow event exploring the theme "Connection". In a break with TED Talk tradition, Dr Lennox chose to be interviewed about her groundbreaking work in global feminism by TEDx Glasgow curator and founder Gurjit Singh Lalli. Dr Lennox urged men and women to identify as global feminists and help address worldwide inequalities.

I want to change understanding about feminism, so people start using the terminology 'global feminist' and take ownership of it.

Dr Annie Lennox OBE
TEDx Glasgow

In September, Dr Lennox spoke of her pride in her role as Chancellor during a glittering evening of conversation and music in Glasgow – her first public musical performance in Scotland in more than a decade.

The sold-out event was a rare opportunity to see the Chancellor perform iconic classics from her hugely creative and successful musical career that spans more than 30 years as a solo artist and to hear stories drawn from her fascinating personal and professional life. The audience included First Minister Nicola Sturgeon MSP and the event raised funds for Dr Lennox’s organisation The Circle, which is working to create equality for women and girls in a fairer world and supports some of the most disempowered among them to challenge injustice.

To mark International Women’s Day, Dr Lennox recorded an inspirational video message for the University and joined CAMFED - the Campaign for Female Education - Executive Director in Africa, Angeline Murimirwa, CAMFED Patron Julia Gillard, and The Duchess of Sussex on a The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust panel to discuss topics embracing the importance of men’s and boys’ support in the drive to establish gender equality, the role social media could play in the movement, and education.

During 2019, our Chancellor was honoured with two international awards – winning Stylist magazine’s Icon of the Year trophy at the publication’s Remarkable Women Awards, and being celebrated by CAMFED at its inaugural “Education Changes Everything” Gala in New York.

The year ended with one of her drawings, highlighting the impact of global warming, being unveiled as First Minister Nicola Sturgeon's Christmas card. The original illustration, which shows a polar bear on top of a melting glacier, is to be auctioned with the proceeds going to three charities.