The Most Reverend and Right Honourable Dr John Sentamu, Archbishop of York, is the first Chancellor of our university

Dr Sentamu has been Archbishop of York since 2005. Prior to York, the Archbishop served as Bishop of Birmingham from 2002, having previously been Bishop of Stepney. He has also served for over seventeen years as a parish priest and as chaplain to both a young offenders institute and a Cambridge College.


John Sentamu, Chancellor at graduationArchbishop Sentamu was born and brought up in Uganda. He studied law and is an advocate of the High Court of Uganda. He studied theology at Cambridge and was ordained. He was made Bishop of Stepney in 1996. Whilst in this position he provided an important voice within the Church of England and also contributed to the public domain as a member of the Stephen Lawrence Judicial Enquiry, Police Liaison Group, NACRO, the Family Welfare Association and the Health Advisory Committee on HM Prisons.

Archbishop Sentamu was on the General Synod from 1985 to 1996. He was also a member of the Archbishop's Advisory Group on Urban Priority Areas from 1987 and of the Revision Committee for the Ordination of Women to the Priesthood. He was Chairman of the General Synod's Committee for Minority Ethnic Anglican Concerns between 1990 and 1999. He was an adviser to the judicial inquiry into the murder of Stephen Lawrence and also chaired the review into the murder investigation of Damilola Taylor.

The Archbishop is married to Margaret with whom he has two grown up children, Grace and Geoffrey. His interests include music, cooking, reading, athletics, rugby and football.

Graduation (November 2014)

Dr Sentamu joined the graduation celebrations in November 2014 to present graduating students with their degrees and awards.

There was a rather special surprise towards the end of the three-day celebrations as Dr Sentamu joined the University of Cumbria choir to play along to a cover of Green Day's 'Time of Your Life'!

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