COMMONWEALTH SECRETARY GENERAL WELCOMES STUDENTS

Issue date: 04 October 2004


ISSUE DATE: 04/10/04

More than 600 international students from the University of the West of England and the University of Bristol will meet at a special welcome event to be held at the British Empire and Commonwealth Museum on Thursday 7 October 2004 at 6.30pm.

This year the guest speaker is the Rt Hon Donald C McKinnon, former Deputy Prime Minister of New Zealand, who is currently serving as Secretary General of the Commonwealth. The Lord Mayor of Bristol and Pro Chancellor of UWE, Cllr Simon Cook will also be in attendance together with Alfred Morris, Vice Chancellor of UWE and Eric Thomas, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bristol.

Neil Harrison, Head of Information, Projects and Research at UWE’s Centre for Student Affairs, has organised the event. He said, “This event signifies the important collaboration between Bristol’s two universities, which was expressed recently in the joint appointment of a Junior Research Fellowship in Late Colonial Studies, funded by the Museum, the University of Bristol and UWE. The event helps to raise awareness amongst international students of the important part they can play in the local community. The event is also a good opportunity to promote Bristol’s rich local heritage and the important contribution students bring to the cultural life of the city.”

“Students will enjoy a finger buffet and entertainment from university bands as well as speeches from both Vice Chancellors. It promises to be a lively and entertaining evening.”

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