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Annie Lennox given red carpet treatment as star becomes Glasgow Caledonian University Chancellor – Glasgow Live

Annie Lennox given red carpet treatment as star becomes Glasgow Caledonian University Chancellor – Glasgow Live

Annie Lennox given red carpet treatment as star becomes Glasgow Caledonian University Chancellor – Glasgow Live
July 02
09:58 2018

Glasgow Caledonian has rolled out the red carpet for Annie Lennox for her appointment as the university’s new chancellor.

The former Eurythmics star becomes the university’s first female chancellor, replacing Muhammad Yunus.

A host of stars including Martin Compston and Sally Magnusson are attending the bash, as well as Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon.

Line Of Duty star Compston is one of nine attendees who will be made an honorary graduate by the university.

Martin Compston arriving at the ceremony (Image: Glasgow Caledonian University)

GCU Principal and Vice-Chancellor Pamela Gillies opened the ceremony, proposing the appointment of Annie Lennox as chancellor by saying: “Today is a historic day for Glasgow Caledonian University.”

Lennox said upon her appointment: “I am humbled and awed beyond measure. I only wish my parents, grandparents and great grandparents could be here to witness this special occasion, as it would have filled them with pride and disbelief.

“I come from a long line of hard working Scots from the times when class boundaries, economic identities and gender roles were very firmly established. Young women from working class backgrounds gaining university degrees were as rare as kangaroos in the Antarctic.”

The university in preparation for the arrival of Annie Lennox (Image: Glasgow Caledonian 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.

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.

Source: Annie Lennox given red carpet treatment as star becomes Glasgow Caledonian University Chancellor – Glasgow Live

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