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Lemn Sissay to give keynote speech at Black Leaders Conference

Monday 07-11-2016 - 15:01

Acclaimed author, poet and university chancellor to address Black staff and officers on Monday 5 December.

Lemn Sissay MBE is associate artist at Southbank Centre, author of a series of renowned poetry books and was behind the installation poem what if at The Royal Academy.

He has seen his landmark poems installed throughout London and Manchester, written an award-winning play (Something Dark) that has been performed around the world, and received an MBE for services to literature.

He has worked with Benjamin Zepheniah, Gil Scott Heron and John McGrath, received an honorary doctorate from University of Huddersfield, who run The Sissay Scholarship for care leavers, and was recently elected to be Chancellor of The University of Manchester.

And now we are delighted to confirm that he will be giving the keynote address at our Black Leaders Conference in December.

Our Race Matters report highlighted the fact that Black staff are underrepresented at all levels in the student movement, particularly management and senior management.

The Black Leaders Conference is part of our strategy to challenge these inequalities, increase Black representation and support Black leaders. It will include leadership workshops and networking opportunities, as well as talks from inspirational speakers.

Black Leaders Conference is open to Black staff, sabbatical officers and society reps and will take place in London on Monday 5 December. Find out more and register here.

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