Sir Lenny Henry Centre for Media Diversity

Lenny is spearheading a landmark new research centre aimed at examining diversity across the UK’s media.

Birmingham City University opened its doors in March to the ‘Sir Lenny Henry Centre for Media Diversity’, which looks at representation across the industry including journalism, acting, film, TV and radio in both front-of-house and behind the scenes roles.

Lenny said: “This has been a long time under wraps but at last we’re out. I’m so chuffed to be a part of Birmingham City University’s efforts to facilitate diversity research.”

The Centre is the brainchild of leading champions of diversity Sir Lenny Henry, Chancellor of Birmingham City University, Marcus Ryder, a multi-award winning journalist synonymous with the ongoing debate about diversity in the media, Diane Kemp, Professor of Broadcast Journalism at Birmingham City University and Marverine Duffy, BA Journalism Course Leader at Birmingham City University.

Lenny and Marcus Ryder were also awarded Visiting Professorships at the University, which will see them use their experience and expertise to work alongside researchers and academics, and give specialist lectures on the subject.