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30th January 2018

Archbishop Sentamu joined by Diocesan guests for blessing of 'Sentamu Building'

The challenge of an ‘increasingly volatile and uncertain world’ and the need to develop students through ‘nurturing to engage wisely, not just knowledgeably’ were among observations made by the Archbishop of York during a recent visit to the Lancaster campus of the University of Cumbria.

Dr John Sentamu spoke of his pride at serving as Chancellor throughout the university’s ten year history and the special ‘DNA’ within an organisation he described as ‘beloved.’

One hundred guests attended the recent blessing of the university’s £9m Sentamu Building including Rt Rev Julian Henderson, Bishop of Blackburn; The Venerable Michael Everitt, Archdeacon of Lancaster and Stephen Whittaker, Director of Education for the Diocesan Board of Education.

The Sentamu Building features state of the art teaching rooms and the university's biggest lecture theatre which have been in regular use since the official opening in September 2017 by Edwin Booth, the chairman of the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

The university recently launched a three-year plan which aims to develop the organisation in the coming years, something Dr Sentamu highlighted as an exciting opportunity to enable more students to develop and help boost the area’s economy.

His full speech can be found here.