Ten Days to Vote!

When I receive my honorary Doctorate from University of Manchester  in October it will be conferred by the Chancellor of University of Manchester.07_lemn_sissay_main1When 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.Queen and lemn 3_0001And 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". . Screen Shot 2015-06-08 at 15.12.31The 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.[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qk4trR4DRLA[/embed]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. Feb Mcr Conference"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.”-2The 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. #vote4lemnlemn_sissay1The Lemn Sissay PhD Scholarship is currently supporting  its second PhD at University of Huddersfield.Wigan ReporterThe Summer 2015  issue of Manchester College Magazine.11328886_10205827238653689_1135877088_n