Dr Annie Lennox is announced as GCU's new Chancellor
Royal Academician, singer-songwriter, highly-respected social activist and philanthropist, Dr Annie Lennox OBE was formally installed as Chancellor of Glasgow Caledonian University on the 2nd of July 2018.
Dr Lennox was inspired to launch the SING Campaign to raise funds to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS after taking part in the inaugural concert of Nelson Mandela’s 46664 HIV Foundation in 2003, and visiting Uganda with Comic Relief and Malawi with Oxfam. An Ambassador for UNAIDS, Oxfam, Amnesty International and the British Red Cross, Dr Lennox received the Nobel Woman of Peace Award at the 10th Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates in 2011 for her work on HIV/AIDS prevention and control, especially for women and children. In 2011 she received an OBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours for her humanitarian work.
Throughout her hugely creative and successful musical career spanning more than 30 years, Annie Lennox has so far received an Oscar, four Grammy Awards, eight Brit Awards and four Ivor Novello Awards. She founded The Circle, a charitable non-governmental organisation, in 2008. The Circle has a vision of equality for women and girls in a fairer world and supports some of the most disempowered women and girls in the world to change and challenge the injustices they face. In 2017, Dr Lennox’s most recent social philanthropic work was honoured when she received the George Harrison Global Citizen Award.
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The role of University Chancellor
Dr Lennox succeeds Nobel Peace Prize Winner Professor Muhammad Yunus, anti-poverty campaigner and founder of the Grameen Bank and Social Business Movement. She is the first-ever female Chancellor of the University.
The role of Chancellor involves formal and ceremonial duties, conferring degrees on students, and supporting and promoting the University’s ambitions and vision for the common good. The University’s values and work to transform lives through education align with Dr Lennox’s deep commitment to social justice.