Vaughan College 150th Anniversary Celebration

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A second event to mark the 150th Anniversary of Vaughan College took place on 24 September 2012 at the College, with an evening of talks, student discussions and a book launch.

Hosted by the Institute of Lifelong Learning, the Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Robert Burgess welcomed over 100 guests to this special occasion and many current and ex-staff, tutors and students were in attendance.

The celebratory event included talks from Cynthia Brown, a local historian and tutor at Vaughan College, who spoke to guests on "150 Years of Vaughan College", and Professor Rob Colls, whose talk was entitled "Why is Vaughan College Important?"   Professor  Colls was also host to a round-table talk with 4 ex-students of Vaughan College who spoke about their experiences at the College, and of the positive impact learning at the college had on their lives, often in ways they had not expected.
A highlight of the evening was the official launch of Cynthia Brown’s new book, A Blessing to the Town: 150 years of Vaughan College, Leicester and Cynthia was kept very busy signing copies of her book for the many guests who bought copies.

The Institute was delighted to welcome Denis Rice, ex-Warden of Vaughan College, and Sir Peter Soulsby, Leicester City Mayor to the event.  Denis recalled that his first day as Warden at Vaughan started exactly 50 years ago, in what was then the brand new Vaughan College building.

Finally, guests were invited to contribute to a ‘Memories Wall’ and both staff and students shared their happy reminiscences of their time at Vaughan College.  

Image. From l-r:  Prof Sir Bob Burgess; Jackie Dunne; Denis Rice (ex-Warden of Vaughan College); Sir Peter Soulsby (Leicester City Mayor); Prof John Benyon

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