Students launch petition to name east London University building after Wiley

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Petition calls for Queen Mary University to name new graduate centre after 'ambitious' rapper

Students at an east London university have launched a petition to name their new graduate centre after Wiley.

Susanna Mollah and Navaid Ghouri from London’s Queen Mary University are calling for the building to be named after Wiley due to the grime artist’s “significant contribution to the field of music”.

They claim the Wiley Graduate centre would “raise ambitions” in an economically and socially disadvantaged area of London and would be a “fitting tribute” to the “drive and ambition” of both Wiley and the University.

“Wiley has put his heart and soul into what he believes in, and his passion is evident in the quality of the music he has produced and still continues to make,” the petition reads.

“We want the local students to see the Wiley Graduate Centre and believe that they can create their futures by working hard, just as Wiley did. We want to develop the social enterprise work Queen Mary is already committed to doing, and simply see this as an extension of that. We believe that our university has a social responsibility to raise aspirations of those who live in the area, even if they do not attend the university itself.”

The petition has so far received 315 signatures. The University, meanwhile, tweeted their excitement for the idea but seemed confused as to who Wiley was.

Excited by @susannamollah_ & others’ campaign to name our new Grad Centre after @WileyUpdates (who I believe is popular with young people).

— QMUL English & Drama (@QMULsed) January 28, 2015

In 2013, a similar petition was launched to get Tower Hamlets council to erect a statue of Wiley in Mile End Park in Bow. The rapper is due to play Birmingham Institute tomorrow (January 30) and Manchester Gorilla on January 31, supporting his most recent album, ‘Snakes And Ladders’.