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Lemn Sissay becomes Chancellor of The University of Manchester

Poet and child abuse campaigner, Lemn Sissay MBE, has been elected as the next Chancellor of The University of Manchester.

Mr Sissay won the election ahead of two other candidates, including Lord Peter Mandelson, the former Labour Minister. The electorate is comprised of university staff and former students, with Mr Sissay receiving 7,131 of the votes.

The new appointment follows completion of a seven-year tenure by Tom Bloxham MBE, a Manchester property developer. Mr Sissay is expected to take up his new role on 1st August.

To Inspire and Be Inspired

In expressing his gratitude to everyone who voted for him, Mr Sissay said that his primary aim is “to inspire and be inspired.”

Lemn Sissay is an associate artist at London’s Southbank Centre, the author of several books and poems and has contributed to many radio documentaries. He was awarded an MBE for services to literature in 2010 and his public art poems are installed across Manchester and at London’s Olympic Park and Royal Festival Hall.

Mr Sissay recently campaigned for a police investigation into abuse at Wood End Assessment Centre in Wigan, where he was resident in 1984. During his time at Wood End, Mr Sissay said that he was “strip searched, physically abused and manhandled.” Police are now investigating abuse at Wood End as part of Operation Milan.

In addition to campaigning for police to investigate abuse at Wood End, Mr Sissay has done a lot of good work for people that were formerly in care. He has organised charity events and has brought the issue of abuse suffered by former children’s home residents to the attention of the national media.

At Slater and Gordon, we have represented many people who have experienced abuse in the care system and have helped guide them to brighter outcomes. In helping many survivors of abuse to turn their lives around and campaigning for perpetrators of abuse to be brought to justice, Mr Sissay has proved to be an inspiration to many and we welcome his appointment as Chancellor of The University of Manchester.

Hywel Thomas is a Personal Injury Associate Solicitor at Slater and Gordon Lawyers in Manchester.

Slater and Gordon’s specialist team of Abuse Lawyers are currently representing over 800 survivors of physical and sexual abuse, including people who were abused at children’s homes and other institutions.

We understand the difficulties in speaking out and have many years’ experience dealing with abuse cases.

For a free consultation call us 24/7 on freephone 0800 916 9046 or contact us online and tell us where and when to call you.

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