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50 videos help tell the story of Bradford's 50 pioneering years

Published: Wed 6 Jan 2016

From rowing across oceans to negotiating in the Middle East, working in remotest Uganda to winning University Challenge, 50 fascinating videos have captured the pioneering essence of the University of Bradford.

The videos, helping to celebrate the University’s 50th anniversary year, tell the diverse stories of a range of students, alumni, honorary graduates, staff and office-holders.

Being released throughout 2016, each video provides a glimpse into the life of the interviewee and explains how their experience at the University has shaped and influenced them.

Launching the series is John Horton, who was a senior library assistant with the University from its beginning in 1966.

John talks about being paid £875 per year and his experiences acting as orator to introduce honorary graduates on graduation day. He offers an insight into former Prime Minister Harold Wilson as the first Chancellor, and highlights the pioneering nature of the University in areas such as peace studies, industrial technology, environmental science and the application of science to society.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Brian Cantor said: “These videos are a wonderful celebration of the University, its anniversary, the role it has played over the last 50 years and its continuing influence now and in the future. The stories are diverse, fascinating and inspiring and are a tribute to the University’s community and the impact they have on the world.”

You can view the videos at bradford.ac.uk/50/stories.

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