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Sir Lenny Henry launches partnership between BCU and London

PROUD: Sir Lenny Henry

SIR LENNY Henry, Chancellor of Birmingham City University (BCU), has launched a new networking group for the institution in London.

BCU in London is open to graduates of the university – from senior leaders and up-and-coming professionals – who are based or have business interests in the capital.

Sir Lenny addressed some 100 distinguished guests and alumni gathered at the launch, and said:

“We want this launch to form the basis of a strong and enduring network – BCU in London – where graduates and friends of the university here can come together to forge professional links that recognise what you have in common and the expertise you have in your various disciplines. Both online and in person, the aim of BCU in London is to bring our alumni together in a formidable network of professionals whose careers have been impacted by our university.”

Joining the Dudley-born actor, writer, comedian and charitable campaigner at the Institute of Directors in Pall Mall were notable figures including Baroness Elizabeth Butler-Sloss, Lord Bruce Grocott, MP for Ladywood Shabana Mahmood and former MP for Edgbaston, Gisela Stuart. Senior alumni representatives from organisations such as the BBC, EY, IBM, Sport England and Universal Music Group were also present at the event held on July 5.

Sir Lenny also took the opportunity to praise the university’s positive impact on Birmingham in recent years. He said:

“Birmingham City University has transformed the Eastside region of the city.

“In fact, one of the reasons we wanted to hold this event here in the capital is to show London that despite what’s happening in the West Midlands, at the moment we don’t think the world revolves around Birmingham.”

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