By Lea Fabbrini
Singer-songwriter and social activist Annie Lennox is the first ever female Chancellor of Glasgow Caledonian University.
The Eurythmics singer with doctor title succeeds the Nobel Peace Prize Winner Professor Muhammad Yunus, founder of the Grameen Bank and Social Business Movement and anti-poverty campaigner. Today, Friday the 24th of November she is officially to become the next GCU Chancellor. She will be inaugurated into her new role as Chancellor during a ceremony at Glasgow Caledonian University in July 2018.
Vice-Chancellor of GCU Professor Pamela Gillies CBE says: “The students, staff, and lay governors of the University feel privileged indeed that she has accepted the role of Chancellor and are excited by the prospect of what we might now achieve together over the coming years.”
Chancellor Lennox’s vision and inspirational leadership is expected to continue to set the moral compass, strategic direction and social actions of the university for the common good.
With Dr Lennox OBE being appointed, there will be 5 female chancellors in Scotland. Considering there are 19 higher education institutions in Scotland the number is surprisingly low. Historically, universities have been male dominated but in recent years woman are beginning to cover more important roles, which brings us one step closer to gender equality.