|Graduates leaving the ceremony|
It's graduation season, and I was sat with a thousand or so people to celebrate our new graduates thinking on that room. From the untold stories project I knew about the 1st Southern General Hospital in Birmingham photos, with line upon line of beds in the Great Hall, in what must then have been a nearly newly built hall. Looking back at me now was line upon line of young graduands and their expectant families in that same hall.
|The Great Hall in 1916|
This guiding principle and the challenges applying it in an elite University means a lot to me. The graduates view of the University matters more, and perhaps even more important are the views of students yet to come - afterall, if children do not see our University as a place they can identify with and see themselves at, how is it possible to find students from all backgrounds and religions?
|Viewing archives in the stacks of Cadbury|
The visit was intended just to give some idea of what University was like, and that it might be somewhere to consider going to in the future. And what did they think?
'It's really big, lots of things to see and people learn and everyone works very hard...I'd go if I can'
I hope we at the University, Paganel School, Peoples Heritage Cooperative and Theresa May can help realise the ambitions of our children to achieve great things whatever their religion or background.
For more about what they thought see Paganel visit the University