Golden cel­e­bra­tions for Uxbridge Col­lege

Mayor joins staff and stu­dents for 50th an­niver­sary

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

FIFTY years of suc­cess were cel­e­brated with a golden an­niver­sary tea to con­clude Uxbridge Col­lege’s half-cen­te­nary year.

The guests of hon­our were the Mayor and May­oress of Hilling­don, John Hens­ley and Diane Hens­ley, with the mayor pre­sent­ing cer­tifi­cates of achieve­ment to stu­dents who had ex­celled dur­ing the col­lege’s 50th year.

Staff, stu­dents, gover­nors, em­ploy­ers and other part­ners also joined the cel­e­bra­tions.

The af­ter­noon tea was held ex­actly 50 years to the day since Uxbridge Tech­ni­cal Col­lege, as it was known then, was of­fi­cially opened by then sec­re­tary of state for ed­u­ca­tion and sci­ence An­thony Crosland MP.

Laraine Smith OBE, prin­ci­pal of Uxbridge Col­lege, said: “It is a real priv­i­lege to look back over Uxbridge Col­lege’s 50 years and re­flect on the many suc­cesses it has been part of. From the per­sonal achieve­ments that have changed the lives of in­di­vid­u­als and fam­i­lies, to the broader im­pact on our community and econ­omy, there is no doubt the col­lege has had a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact in many ways. I would like to thank ev­ery­one who has made the col­lege such a spe­cial place dur­ing its his­tory, as well as those who con­tinue to do so.”

The event was the last in a year of cel­e­bra­tions and events, which in­cluded an ex­hi­bi­tion of mem­o­ra­bilia from through­out the Col­lege’s his­tory and var­i­ous an­niver­sary­themed ac­tiv­i­ties held by staff and stu­dents.

The col­lege first opened in Park Road, Uxbridge, with a £750,000 build­ing, and the Hayes cam­pus was added in 1989 on the site of the for­mer Town­field School, off Cold­har­bour Lane. Ini­tially cour­ses were of­fered in en­gi­neer­ing, sci­ence, com­merce and gen­eral stud­ies to 1,386 stu­dents, and to­day the col­lege de­liv­ers an ex­ten­sive range of pro­grammes across key aca­demic and pro­fes­sional ar­eas to over 9,000 stu­dents.

n ACHIEVE­MENTS: Stu­dents and staff cel­e­brate with pre­sen­ta­tions made to those who have ex­celled this year

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