Vice-Chancellor given Freedom of the City of London

Professor Lynn Dobbs recognised as one of the capital’s 100 leading women

Date: 19 February 2019

Professor Lynn Dobbs, Vice-Chancellor of London Metropolitan University, was given the Freedom of the City of London at a ceremony at the Guildhall, London, on Friday 15 February.

Professor Dobbs is one of 100 women specially selected for the Freedom of the City as part of the City of London’s celebrations of the centenary of women’s suffrage which recognises the significant role women have played in the success of London. 

“I am delighted to accept the Freedom of the City of London on behalf of our students, staff and alumni,” said Professor Dobbs.

“London Met has made a huge contribution to the economic and social life of London and beyond. We are proud to be the most socially inclusive University in England and help thousands of students move into careers which benefit not only the businesses of London but also their local communities.”

An historic honour

The Freedom of the City of London is one of the oldest traditional ceremonies still in existence, with the first recorded recipient awarded in 1237. Awards are given to people living or working in the City who have made a meaningful contribution to London.

The award brings with it some historic privileges such as the right to drive sheep and cattle over London Bridge, carry a naked sword in public and immunity from being pressganged into the navy. Famous Honorary Freemen of the past include Lord Nelson, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Florence Nightingale. More recent recipients include Dame Judi Dench, Morgan Freeman, and Mary Berry.

Professor Dobbs’ nomination was sponsored by Common Coucillors Karina Dostalova and Sophie Fernandes.

Professor Lynn Dobbs at the Freeman of the City of London Ceremony