When I receive my honorary Doctorate from University of Manchester in October it will be conferred by the Chancellor of University of Manchester.
When Vice Chancellor Dame Nancy Rothwell offered me the Honorary Doctorate neither she nor I knew that six months later I would also be nominated as a candidate for Chancellor. I am the only candidate for chancellor who is being honoured by the university at the same time.
And I am absolutely thrilled to be a candidate It is indicative that it happened the week before “Lemn Sissay’s Homecoming” was broadcast on BBC radio four with its episode about Manchester in which I say “Manchester made me”. .
The poem “I Belong” (below) was commissioned by Manchester Literature festival and broadcast within Lemn Sissay’s Homecoming too. The video below this was made at Manchester town hall.
Just a few weeks before being nominated for candidacy I gave the keynote address to 1,000 lecturers in Manchester town hall – see pic below. I am asking you, the allumni or general assembly of University of Manchester, to look at my genuine commitment to The University of Manchester. Look with a serious discerning eye.
“I want to be chancellor of this university because” I am part of the success story of Manchester “and want to be part of the success story of University of Manchester. “With its world class research outstanding teaching and learning experience for its students but also with a great sense of social responsibility. I want to help Manchester university become more successful in the future, driving its way up the global league of universities.”
The picture above was taken by the great photographer Steve McCurry. I know what kind of leader I don’t want to represent the university. The picture below is of Vice Chancellor Dame Nancy Rothwell and myself. We are launching my poem Let There Be Peace in University Place at University of Manchester . I am a serious candidate. I am a dedicated candidate. Please share this. #vote4lemn
The Lemn Sissay PhD Scholarship is currently supporting its second PhD at University of Huddersfield.
The Summer 2015 issue of Manchester College Magazine.