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LCC alumnus named as new Chancellor

by Emily Hewett

UAL alumnus Kwame Kwei-Armah was appointed Chancellor of University of the Arts London (UAL) on Monday March 7.     

The playwright, actor and singer has been closely associated with UAL for eight years since he began studying MA Screenwriting at London College of Communication in 2002.

Since graduating he has returned to UAL regularly as a guest speaker and was also one of UAL’s Governors from 2005 to 2010.      

As Chancellor, Kwei-Armah will be an unpaid ceremonial and ambassadorial figure, chosen to be an inspiration and role model to students.

Chancellors often take part in events like graduation ceremonies and represent the university at official functions, although their role is considered ‘flexible’.  

Powerful  

Sir John Tusa, Chairman of University of the Arts London, said: “Kwame’s unflagging passion for creative arts education will make him a powerful ambassador for our students, staff and graduates.

"When he first came to study at the University he was already a working writer and it says a great deal about the kind of person he is that, despite early success, he remained eager to learn, grow and develop further.      

“He offers a timely reminder that the UK’s world-renowned creative and cultural sector has not evolved by chance, but is underpinned by the dynamic art, design and communication education provided by our universities."

Kwei-Armah was the first black British playwright to have a play performed in the West End with Elmina’s Kitchen in 2005. He is best known for playing paramedic Finlay Newton in Casualty, Comic Relief Does Fame Academy and his album Kwame.       

Kwei-Armah will take over from Lord Stevenson of Coddenham, who has retired after ten years.      

New Chancellors are considered by a committee of governors and are approved by a formal meeting of the full Court of Governors.


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