Students help to celebrate 120 years of Writtle College!

December 2013

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(NOTE: This is an archived press release.)

Writtle College students recently took part in a unique photo shoot as part of the College’s celebration of its landmark 120th year. Students from a wide variety of backgrounds, including Further Education, degree-level, postgraduate and international, gathered outside the front of the College’s iconic main building to form a ‘120’ shape to mark the end of this historic achievement.

Established in 1893 as the County Laboratories, the College is one of the oldest and largest specialist institutions in the UK. Students at the picturesque 220 hectare estate just outside Chelmsford can study from Further Education - post-GCSE - to Higher Education level, as well as Apprenticeships and short courses. TV horticulturist Alan Titchmarsh MBE, College patron since 2001, attends graduation ceremonies every year to present a number of undergraduates and postgraduates with their University of Essex-accredited degrees.

Highlights in its 120th year include winning Small and Specialist Students’ Union of the Year in the NUS Awards and having its innovative research featured on BBC Countryfile.

Principal Dr Stephen Waite said “This is a fantastic landmark for the College. We are very proud of our history and heritage. It is great to be able to celebrate this with our students as they also share a sense of pride.”

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