PHOTOS: Salisbury teaching graduates FINALLY receive degrees

PHOTOS: Salisbury teaching graduates FINALLY receive degrees

Published by Mike Draper at 11:48am 3rd March 2020.

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Winchester University's awarded Honorary Bachelors of Education degrees to 364 Salisbury Training College students.

A special ceremony's been held at Salisbury Cathedral on Monday (2nd March) to recognise graduates and award them long-awaited degrees - 42 YEARS after the college closed.

Students from the former Salisbury Training College (which was also known as the College of Sarum St Michael) didn't have the opportunity to actually get a degree, despite receiving teaching qualifications.

Sarum College Graduation Salisbury Cathedral February 2020
Hundreds of people turned up for the ceremony

The University of Winchester's decided to put that right, by arranging the 'graudation' ceremony.

The honorary degrees have been presented by Chancellor of Winchester University and TV gardener, Alan Titchmarsh.

Sarum College Graduation Salisbury Cathedral February 2020
People who studied at the former Salisbury Training College didn't have a formal graduation first time around

Former Student, Revd. Elizabeth Foot, who studied at the College from 1974-1977 is thankful for this long-awaited recognition: 

"I have waited a long time for this. It feels so special to be here today. Thank you."

Sarum College Graduation Salisbury Cathedral February 2020
John Say, former English lecturer with his family and friends.

Bachelors of Education Degrees were only introduced in 1968, and not all subjects offered a degree.

The Vice Chancellor of Winchester University Joy Carter says:

"I am delighted that the University of Winchester is honouring alumni of the College of Sarum St Michael in a very special graduation ceremony at Salisbury Cathedral.

"At Winchester, we train outstanding primary and secondary school teachers and boast a reputation as one of the best providers of teacher education in the country, so it is particularly exciting to celebrate past generations of inspirational teachers in this way."

Sarum College Graduation Salisbury Cathedral February 2020
Salisbury Cathedral was the venue for the ceremony

WHAT IS SALISBURY TRAINING COLLEGE?

  • Salisbury Training College was founded in 1841 as the first residential college of its kind specifically for women
  • It opened to train female teachers for Church of England Schools
  • The institution was first known as Salisbury Training College, then Salisbury Diocesan Training College, and then finally as the College of Sarum St Michael
  • It closed in 1978 after 137 years, due to the reorganisation of of teacher training
  • Formerly located in Cathedral Close, the building it was based in is now the Salisbury Museum
Sarum College Graduation Salisbury Cathedral February 2020
Students wore traditional graduation robes to receive their honorary degrees
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