Dr Annie Lennox OBE's contribution to 十博软件下载安卓版

Royal Academician, singer-songwriter, highly-respected social activist and philanthropist, Dr Annie Lennox OBE has confirmed that she is stepping down as the University’s Chancellor.

She has been a wonderful ambassador for the University, a champion of our values and student and staff well-being and engagement and has provided a further focus for our own Common Good commitment in her humanitarian work with women’s groups such as The Circle at home and abroad.

The Chancellor supported the University’s community during the challenging COVID-19 pandemic, sending video messages of support during the height of lockdown, including an inspirational song for students and staff entitled A Thousand Beautiful Things.

To recognise and celebrate the huge contribution Dr Lennox has made to life at 十博软件下载安卓版 and to promoting our values worldwide, the University named one of its buildings on its Glasgow campus in her honour during the summer graduations – a fitting legacy of her time as Chancellor.

Dr Annie Lennox OBE

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.


We must provide real protection for our forests and oceans, and ensure there's sufficient funding from wealthier nations, who have profited from ecological destruction, to support the countries who are now bearing the dire brunt of it.

Dr Annie Lennox OBE
Former Chancellor

The role of University Chancellor

Dr Lennox succeeded 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.

While the global pandemic once again prevented our Chancellor, Dr Annie Lennox OBE, from joining us on campus in 2021, that didn’t prevent her from demonstrating that our students and staff were never far from her thoughts.

In a series of passionate and personal video messages, Dr Lennox continued to play a key role at 十博软件下载安卓版’s major events throughout the year.

With our graduation celebrations once again paused, Dr Lennox reached out – literally – to virtually ‘doff’ our students via video screening, a playful recreation of the time-honoured symbolic capping that transforms our scholars into graduates.

And the Royal Academician, singer-songwriter, philanthropist and lifelong activist rallied our students and staff throughout the year to “make this world a better place”.

She called on businesses and politicians to take ''real action'' on climate change during the CBI Road to Net Zero Conference which explored how organisations can drive the transition to net-zero emissions. As the eyes of the world turned to Glasgow during COP26, 我们的总理分享了她对未来的恐惧. In a special University podcast, our Chancellor spoke candidly about how her own social activism was awakened.

Education and climate change

During COP26, Dr Lennox, Professor Pamela Gillies CBE, FRSE and activist Dr Satish Kumar discussed the role of education in tackling the climate emergency.

Chancellor videos

Inspirational videos from the University Chancellor, Dr Annie Lennox OBE.

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Chancellor Emeritus

Nobel Peace Prize winner Professor Muhammad Yunus served as Chancellor of Glasgow Caledonian University from 2012 to 2018.

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Previous Chancellors

Lifelong friends of the University, our previous Chancellors each contributed in leading 十博软件下载安卓版 towards its mission for the Common Good. Find out more about them.

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