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Award-winning broadcaster and campaigner Carrie Grant MBE has been announced as the next special guest for the latest episode of the University of Bedfordshire’s popular ‘An Evening With’ public lecture series.
She has spent over three decades working in the entertainment industry as a singer and vocal coach alongside Take That and Michael Jackson. In 2020, Grant received an MBE for his services to music, media and charity.
She is also a strong advocate for health systems change and for celebrating neurodiversity in society. Along with her husband – with whom she shares four children with special needs – Grant runs support groups for more than 150 families with autistic children, with a monthly parent support group for six years and a weekly parent group that has been active for the past eleven years.
The title of her public lecture“Finding your voice in a loud world”, refers to the importance of feeling you can stand up for yourself and find power over your own life – also referring to singing and the benefits singing can bring to your well-being physical and mental.
Grant is also dedicated to giving a platform to the voices of underrepresented communities, especially those with intersections, such as Afro-Caribbean and neurodivergent and/or LGBTQI+. She strongly believes that these voices need to be represented more widely in society and furthermore this conference will address the mental health implications of not being heard.
Speaking about his upcoming public lecture with the University of Bedfordshire, Grant said: “There is freedom to be found when you find your true voice, wisdom to be developed by learning when and how to use it, and magic to discover when you add it to other voices. This is fundamental for leadership in the 21st century. I am really looking forward to presenting this public lecture.
Professor Rebecca Bunting, Vice-Chancellor, is the host of Bedfordshire’s ‘An Evening With…’ public lecture series. Ahead of the next event, she commented, “It is a privilege to welcome Carrie Grant MBE back to the University to speak to attendees about her fascinating career and fantastic charity and campaign work.
“His lecture will certainly be engaging and insightful and I hope it will inspire both current and prospective students, as well as the wider academic community. I encourage anyone interested in the charity or entertainment sectors to sign up for this wonderful evening and hear what wisdom she has to share.
“An Evening with…Carrie Grant MBE” is free to the public, students and staff – just register via Eventbrite and choose to join in person or via the online livestream.
For information on other upcoming University events, visit: www.beds.ac.uk/events