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The ‘Gift of time’ from our Chancellor

23 Jun 2022

Watch Lemn Sissay OBE perform his poem marking the end of his seven years as our Chancellor and welcoming his new chapter within the University

Our University’s Chancellor, Lemn Sissay OBE has written a poem to mark the end of his seven-year tenure as Chancellor and the continuation of our warm relationship as he now becomes an alumnus and an honorary chair in creative writing.

‘Gift of time’ is a paean to our people – our students, staff, alumni and prospective students – who have made Lemn’s journey a joy.

The feeling is mutual. As Nancy says: “Lemn has been an amazing supporter of our University, bringing life to the role – a ceremonial office with significant ambassadorial responsibilities – thanks to his star quality and wholehearted enthusiasm. It has been a pleasure working with him.”

You can watch Lemn’s performance of ‘Gift of time’ below which was previewed yesterday at the event to celebrate his many achievements during his tenure as Chancellor at the University.