Menu

Harris College reunion explores UCLan’s past life

Posted on - 13th May, 2018 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Preston News, UCLan, University campus, What's On in Preston
Catching up on university times-gone-by, the event included a lot of Harris College memorabilia
Catching up on university times-gone-by, the event included a lot of Harris College memorabilia

Preston’s university went back to its roots with a celebration for former Harris College students to come together.

Now known as the University of Central Lancashire the institution has gone by many names previously.

The reunion is one of a number of events for the university’s 190 years anniversary.

More than 60 former students attended to reminsce about the Harris College and their time there.

The oldest alumni in attendance studied in 1944 and the youngest finished their studies in 1971.

Read more: Is UCLan a good thing or bad thing for Preston?

Arthur Whitlock was one of those who attended and studied in the 1950s.

He said: “The sheer size of the place is the biggest difference from my time here.

“I’ve got a lovely friendship with everybody. Everybody knows me here. I love being part of this University, I’m glad to work on the bursary and I have so many friends here, every event that they have on there’s always someone that asks if I’m coming.”

“Remember that time we went out and you had so much you ended up on the train to Leyland by mistake?”

Arthur has since gone on to become a UCLan honorary fellow in 2016 and has helped to establish the university’s Harris Bursary Fund.

UCLan vice-chancellor professor Mike Thomas delivered a speech at the event.

Read more: Former Goss printers site to become a new UCLan building

He said: “I am delighted that so many of our past students were able to attend the Harris Alumni Reunion, which we held to celebrate our 190th Anniversary.

“It was wonderful to meet such a wonderful and diverse group of people who are all so proud to be part of the legacy of the University and, of course, the City of Preston. I look forward to welcoming them back to the University again in the near future.”

Did you attend the Harris College? Let us know in the comments below

Share
Preston in pictures Making Onion SoupSpinning woolTapestryPreston's Caribbean Carnival 2024Preston's Caribbean Carnival 2024Preston's Caribbean Carnival 2024Preston's Caribbean Carnival 2024Preston's Caribbean Carnival 2024 View more
Advertisement
Subscribe to the newsletter

Sign up below to receive Blog Preston's email newsletter. It wings its way into inboxes every Sunday and Wednesday rounding up our top stories and more.

Advertisement
News by location

Find news by location, select an area of your choice to be kept up to date with the latest goings on.

The Preston Guide

Discover local businesses and services near you.

Advertisement
Categories

Find news by category, select an category of your choice to be kept up to date with the latest goings on.

Blog Preston email updates

Receive our digest of the biggest and best stories every Sunday to your email inbox

We respect your privacy and you can unsubscribe at any time from our emails