It’s official - the University’s Chancellor Lord Tanlaw has formally opened the newly restored Prebend House as a graduate centre for liberal arts students and a research centre for academics in that field.
The building, which is being used by academics and graduate students in global affairs and diplomacy as well as in security and intelligence studies, contains four tutorial/seminar rooms, spacious work spaces for postgraduates, a meeting room and reception room, as well as the Beloff Centre for the Study of Liberty, a library.
At the opening, seminars were given by Professors Anthony Glees and Richard Langhorne to the assembled guests who included donors, students and academics.
“We have something to show off to everybody here,” said Lord Tanlaw. “All the years we have been associated with the university we have had a concept of David and Goliath – that people were trying to snuff out our independence.”
Speaking at the opening, the vice chancellor Professor Terence Kealey paid tribute to Sir Martin Jacomb, the former chancellor, who led the campaign to rescue and refurbish Prebend House and was himself a donor.
“The refurbishment of Prebend House symbolizes the revival of the whole University,” he said.
Professor Kealey thanked other donors including Lord Sainsbury’s Linbury Trust and the Edward Legg estate. He thanked the alumnus Dr Paul Davis for the gift of four paintings by Anthony Green RA and other work by post-Bloomsbury artists, Pauline Brown of the Buckingham Garden Centre for grass seed and plants for the garden, the Buckinghamshire Historical and Archaeological Society for a bird bath, and the High Sheriff Carolyn Cumming for a pledge of a landscape garden feature
Drinks for the community are being held at Prebend House on Tuesday evening next week.