Singer/musician Annie Lennox has made academia history in her native country of Scotland. The well-known singer, who sung in semi-popular bands throughout the 1970s and 80s, has been named the first female chancellor of Glasgow Caledonian University in Scotland, The BBC reports.
Lennox was officially given the honorary title and responsibility during a ceremony at the Glasgow campus on Monday, July 2. She replaces Nobel Peace Prize laureate Muhammad Yunusblic for the position at the university, which was initially founded in 1993 and carries a reported 20,000 student body population. GCU also has international satellite campuses in London and New York City. The new role will allow Lennox to carry out formal and ceremonial duties, including granting degrees to students and doing her part in promoting the university, according to the report.
“I’m very honored and really quite flattered to be in a position like this because I actually never went to a University myself,” Lennox admitted in an interview for GCU, which can be watched in full above. “But I feel I can bring something to the University because GCU fits particularly with my own ethos. I have been a human-rights activist and advocate for HIV and AIDS as it affects women and girls, and I feel very at home here.”
Lennox has played a role in helping to launch various organizations and campaigns throughout her life which focus on helping disempowered women and global health crises. She’s also an Ambassador for humanitarian organizations such as UNAIDS, Oxfam, Amnesty International and the British Red Cross.
Lennox rose to popularity as part of the rock and new wave group Eurythmics, using her incredibly rich tonal vocals on songs like “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This),” which was later popularly cover by Marilyn Manson. She went on to establish her own solo career as well, releasing popular songs including “No More ‘I Love Yous’,” and “Waiting In Vain.”