Vaughan College celebrates 150th anniversary

Posted by uatemp13 at Sep 26, 2012 01:49 PM |
Tutors and students reminisce about their time at the college
Vaughan College celebrates 150th anniversary

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

On 24 September Vaughan College held an event to celebrate its 150th anniversary, crediting a century-and-a-half of high-quality education. It was the 2nd event to celebrate the landmark, with an evening of talks, student discussions and a book launch comprising the festivities.

The Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Robert Burgess welcomed over 100 guests to the event and many current and ex-staff, tutors and students were in attendance. Guests were invited to contribute to a ‘Memories Wall’ and both staff and students shared their happy reminiscences of their time at Vaughan.

Cynthia Brown, local historian and tutor at Vaughan College, was among those who attended. She spoke to guests on 150 Years of Vaughan College, and her new book, A Blessing to the Town: 150 years of Vaughan College, Leicester was officially launched at the event. Ex-students spoke about their experiences at Vaughan, and of the positive impact learning at the college had on their lives.

Started in 1862 by David James Vaughan, Vaughan College originally taught basic literacy and arithmetic, as well as history, geography and philosophy, for those who had little formal schooling and who struggled financially. Today, Vaughan College is part of the Institute of Lifelong Learning, and accommodates adult learners keen to get back into higher education.