Lemn Sissay in race to UoM Chancellor job





The battle for University of Manchester Chancellor has begun. The position that sees a 3-man election race to the role caught pace when the nomination of all candidates raised eyebrows on 23 April.

On 26 May, the elections for the university’s next ceremonial figurehead will start. Award-winning writer and broadcaster, Lemn Sissay, Labour peer Lord Mandelson and Hallé music director Sir Mark Elder are all nominated for the post. The election closes on 18 June.

“To be nominated alone is an inspiration to me.  It is symbolic of my own journey of learning. I am the boy who walked barefoot to Manchester from a village in Lancashire. I came to learn and to grow and the learning and growing hasn’t stopped”, Sissay wrote in reaction to the news.

The election comes after the seven-year tenure of current Chancellor Tom Bloxham MBE.

The Chancellor is the ceremonial head of the University and as such acts as a figurehead and an ambassador, working with the President and Vice-Chancellor and other senior officers. The purpose of the role is to promote the University’s achievements regionally, nationally and internationally.

University President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, said: “The Chancellor presides over meetings of the University’s General Assembly and undertakes other ceremonial duties on behalf of the University, something Tom Bloxham has done with great enthusiasm in his time as Chancellor”.

Conducting the election for the new Chancellor will be staff, registered alumni and members of the General Assembly. The successful candidate will take office on 1 August and will hold the position for the next seven years.

TNT News Yasin Chinembiri

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