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Birmingham City University Appoint Sir Lenny Henry as New Chancellor

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The comedian and actor Sir Lenny Henry has been appointed chancellor of Birmingham City University.

The appointment of Sir Lenny came after the actor, comedian, writer and charity campaigner visited the institution last year to see how it opened the doors to the create arts for young people from a range of diverse backgrounds.

According to Sir Lenny, "taking on the role of Chancellor at Birmingham City University is a superb opportunity for me to pursue three passions - Birmingham and the West Midlands, the creative arts and giving life changing opportunities to young people from a wide range of background".

Sir Lenny was born in the town of Dudley and shot to fame in 1975 after his stand-up routine won the TV talent show New Faces.

He also co-founded Comic Relief in 1985 and just recently in 2015 was knighted in the Queen's Birthday Honours for services to drama and charity.

Vice chancellor of the university, professor Cliff Allan said, "we are absolutely delighted that one of the country's most well-known personalities is to be our new Chancellor and that he encapsulates the university's commitment to both the arts and widening participation."