Former staff and students attend University of Northampton’s 10th birthday event

Pictured (L-R): Former Vice Chancellor, Ann Tate, Vice Chancellor, Nick Petford and the first Director of Nene College, Dr Eric Ogilvie.
Pictured (L-R): Former Vice Chancellor, Ann Tate, Vice Chancellor, Nick Petford and the first Director of Nene College, Dr Eric Ogilvie.

Hundreds of former staff and students returned to the University of Northampton to celebrate its 10th anniversary of receiving degree awarding powers.

The town’s university was established in 2005, replacing the former University College Northampton, also known as Nene College.

Speaking in 2005, the then vice-chancellor, Ann Tate, who attended the 10th anniversary celebrations on Tuesday, said: “Having a university will provide a unique resource and bring extensive economic benefits to Northampton and the wider region, not only through the learning and skills development we can offer to individuals and employees, but also from the highly skilled graduate workforce, bespoke consultancy and research we can deliver.”

The celebration event, held on the university’s Park Campus, was also attended by the current vice-chancellor, Professor Nick Petford and the first Director of Nene College, Dr Eric Ogilvie.

Mr Petford said: “It has been a great pleasure to welcome so many people back to the university, as well as staff and students currently studying with us.

“We are immensely proud of our graduates, students, staff and former staff all of whom have contributed to the ongoing success of the university. Our future in Northampton is an exciting one; over the next three years the construction of our new Waterside Campus will place us in the very heart of the community.

During the next year, the university will be hosting a number of other celebration events for staff, students and the local community.

Higher education in Northampton dates back to the 13th century, between 1261 and 1265, when Northampton was sanctioned by Henry III as an alternative place of study for students displaced from Oxford and Cambridge during a period of civil unrest.