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Annie Lennox to become the first female Chancellor of Glasgow Caledonian University

Annie Lennox is to become the first ever female chancellor of Glasgow Caledonian University PICTURE: Alexi Lubomirski/Glasgow Caledonian University/PA
Lucinda Cameron

SINGER-SONGWRITER and social activist Annie Lennox is to become the first ever female chancellor of Glasgow Caledonian University.

Lennox will succeed anti-poverty and Nobel Peace Prize winner Professor Muhammad Yunus in the position on Friday.

The role of chancellor involves formal and ceremonial duties, conferring degrees on students and supporting and promoting the University's ambitions and vision.

The university said Lennox, who has been honoured for her humanitarian work, "embodies the mission and values of Glasgow Caledonian University".

The former Eurythmics singer said she is looking forward to the role.

"It is truly a remarkable honour to be invited to become chancellor of Glasgow Caledonian University. I am humbled by it, and intend to serve this outstanding institution in the very best way I can," she said.

"Following in the footsteps of such an exemplary individual as Muhammad Yunus is somewhat daunting, but I'm very much looking forward to working with everyone in a collaborative way, so I can be of good value to the students and the establishment of university."

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.

In 2008 she founded The Circle, a charitable non-governmental organisation which supports disempowered women to challenge the injustices they face.

An Ambassador for UNAIDS, Oxfam, Amnesty International and the British Red Cross, Lennox received the Nobel Woman of Peace Award in 2011 for her work on HIV/AIDS prevention and control, especially for women and children.

That year she received an OBE in the Queen's New Year Honours for her humanitarian work.

In 2017, her most recent social philanthropic work was honoured when she received the George Harrison Global Citizen Award.

Professor Pamela Gillies, vice-chancellor of GCU, said: "It's a great privilege for us to welcome Dr Annie Lennox as our new chancellor.

"She's a social activist with a great passion for fairness in the world and her philanthropic and social-action duties around the world have literally transformed the lives of people, especially women and children.

"Annie will continue to direct the strategic vision of our Institution for the Common Good. We very much look forward to working together with her to deliver our mission.

"I'd like to pay tribute to Professor Muhammad Yunus, who has served us loyally over the last five years as our Chancellor."

Throughout a musical career spanning more than 30 years, Lennox has received an Oscar, four Grammy Awards, eight Brit Awards and four Ivor Novello Awards.

The University Court made the appointment on Thursday and Lennox will be formally installed Chancellor during a ceremony in July next year.

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