Civic Reception, 21 January 2010, Town Hall, Liverpool
In the city where Edge Hill opened its doors to the first 41 trainee teachers on 24 January 1885, the University officially celebrated its anniversary with a Civic Reception at Liverpool Town Hall.
The Lord Mayor of Liverpool Cllr Mike Storey joined Chancellor Professor Tanya Byron, University staff, students and partners to open the anniversary festivities.
The University started out as Edge Hill College, the brainchild of seven Liverpool philanthropists who wanted to found an institution to “radically broaden access to the teaching profession”.
Addressing guests at Liverpool Town Hall, Dr John Cater, the University’s Vice-Chancellor said: “On Sunday 24 January 2010, we are 125 years old. We exist only because of the vision of our founders six generations ago – the Balfours, the Rathbones, the Holts – and the resilience of our staff, students and governors who have helped build a university with a strong reputation for the quality of our work, the capacity to invest in our campus and, perhaps most of all, a commitment to providing opportunities for able and intelligent individuals who might not otherwise enter higher education.”