Valerie Amos, the first black woman Cabinet minister and later Leader of the House of Lords, has now become the first black woman to lead a British university.
Baroness Amos, who has also been emergency relief co-ordinator at the United Nations, takes over as director of Soas (formerly known as the School of Oriental and African Studies) as the school prepares to come together on a single campus for the first time for several years.
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