Staff members with a combined total of over 4,500 years’ service were honoured at a celebratory event to mark the 25th anniversary of the University of Brighton today.
Each of those attendees, all of whom have worked at the university for at least 25 years, received a certificate and silver pin in recognition of their long service and had the opportunity to share stories and memories with colleagues.
Speaking at the event, Professor Debra Humphris, Vice-Chancellor of the university, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to say a heartfelt ‘thank you’ to some wonderful colleagues who have all made a difference for thousands of students over many decades. This event is being held to mark the 25th anniversary of the granting of our university status in 1992 although our roots in the city go right back to 1859 when the first Brighton School of Art was established in the kitchens of the Royal Pavilion.
“Throughout this time colleagues like those we are celebrating today have helped to make our university a very special place. And long may they continue to do so.”
Paul Levy, senior lecturer in the Business School, joined the University as a research assistant in 1989: “Back then there were no PCs and no mobile phones. Staff used typewriters and overhead projectors and had to queue for a shared printer. But at least you could get a decent cup of coffee for just 30p!”
Dr Vicki Haffenden is a senior lecturer in the School of Art and joined the university as a technician in 1991: “I first came here as a student – so my first day at work felt very familiar. Although whilst as a student I used to frequent ‘The Basement’ bar as a member of staff I could start using the Senior Common Room. What I have found most rewarding is sharing my knowledge with students and seeing them flourish. So many of them have gone on to do great things.”
The long-service celebration will now become an annual event.