Keele University pioneers
Some of the first generation of students to learn at Keele back at the university for its 75th anniversary.

Keele University’s ‘pioneer’ students revisit for anniversary celebrations 

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A group of Keele University’s original graduates attended celebrations to mark its 75th anniversary. 

Some of the first-ever graduates or “Pioneers” travelled more than 3,000 miles to attend the event. 

The group were the first generation of students to learn at the University, which was established as the University College of North Staffordshire in 1949.  

The “Pioneers” graduated between 1954 and 1961 and are recognised for playing a pivotal role in establishing the University. 

Forty of the originals and their guests – along with numerous more recent alumni who were also invited – enjoyed a three-course lunch and coffee with Keele’s Chancellor and Vice-Chancellor. 

They were able to look back at archive materials from their time at the University.  

They also received a 75th Anniversary Pin Badge and Keele Moorland Mug. 

Chancellor James Timpson OBE said: “The graduates who chose to study here in the early years were truly pioneering of spirit and helped create a campus we are still very proud of today as we strive to continue building an institution that epitomises the Keele ethos of ‘education for all’. 

“The reunion was a fantastic celebration of the remarkable journeys and accomplishments of our alumni and our institution.” 

Ron Quenby

Senior journalist with more than 25 years’ experience of working as a news reporter for provincial and national newspapers. Ron’s varied skills include feature writing, interviewing for real life stories and compiling specialist articles for in-house publications.

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