Friday 20 May 2011
The Vice-Chancellor Terence Kealey praised Buckingham alumni at last night's University annual dinner in the House of Lords, attended by alumni, honorary graduates, donors and academics.
"The alumni are an impressive group of people," he said. "I feel so proud to be associated with them."
In his speech, the Vice-Chancellor revealed that the anonymous donor of £1m for the restoration of the interior of Prebend House is the University's Chancellor Lord Tanlaw and his wife, Lady Tanlaw. The University is deeply
grateful to them for their gift, which will enable Prebend House to be used for the Max Beloff Centre for the Study of Liberty.
"Over the coming months the University is hoping to raise money for a new postgraduate centre, the Margaret Thatcher School of Government, as well as for a new Law School and other facilities on the Right Bank of the River
Ouse", the Vice-Chancellor said.
In his after-dinner speech, The Speaker of the House John Bercow praised the University. "Buckingham is a huge success story," he said. "It is quite simply a testament to the perseverance of Max Beloff who got the institution
established in 1976 when there was an Old Labour government in power."
Lauding Buckingham's two-year degree, he said the University provided magnificent teaching, as shown by the National Student Survey, and created thoroughly employable graduates.