Peter Guy

It occurs to me that I failed to mention another bright light in the Oxford Brookes firmament, the late Peter Guy. He was a lecturer in the Department of Book Publishing but left before I became a student there. He was for many years the Hon. Secretary of the Wynkyn de Worde Society and a great and joyful influence in the lives of many publishers and others.

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Planning for 2015 Already

I visited my alma mater (well, one of them), Oxford Brookes University, yesterday. I was a part of a focus group (such a terrible expression) for the 150th anniversay preparations in 2015. It traces its origin to the foundation of Oxford College of Art in 1865. The meeting was in Headington Hill Hall, an attractive building in beautiful grounds. In my days at what was then Oxford Polytechnic, the Hall was the lair of the Robert Maxwell who plundered his employees' pension funds to fuel a life of excess.

I remember Oxford Polytechnic very fondly, especially for the quality of the teaching staff. My tutor, Tom Colverson, was a most wonderful, kind, generous, helpful and knowledgeable man and is remembered fondly by all his former students. We also had an excellent editorial lecturer, Laura Cohn (her father was the distinguished architect and designer, Wells Coates). The printing lecturers, Ray Clench and Tony Watts, and the binding lecturer, Ivor Robinson, were all great. From all I've heard, the University has continued to offer a very high standard of education.

All universities like to claim they're forward-looking, but the fact that Oxford Brookes are already planning ahead to their 150th anniversary in 2015, shows they really are. I hope I'll be able to contribute to the celebrations in some way.

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