By 2018 Nathaniel Hone
Hereford's new University is up and running.
At Hereford Cathedral, a great celebration was held to mark its Inauguration. A splendid procession of academics from far and wide with civic leaders made their way from the Town Hall to the Cathedral in a blaze of colour. Hereford folk took it in their stride, no doubt thinking that it was perfectly normal - as it was centuries ago as Jesse Norman, MP for Hereford and South Herefordshire, the instigator of this modern manifestation, told us during the celebration. Hereford and its county are back on the academic map and intend to be leaders in their field.
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At the celebration, the Lord Lieutenant of Herefordshire invited Dame Fiona Kenrick to lead the new University as chair of Trustees. Dame Fiona addressed the company and then in turn , invited Professor Elena Rodriguez0Falcon to take on the duties and responsibilities of Provost (Chief Academic Officer). The new Provost then gave a moving address about her journey to this moment and her dedication to making a success of the new University. A very public statement of the values and ethics of the new institution was declared.
It cannot be overstated how important this new institution to the future prosperity of Hereford and the County of Herefordshire. It is important on a much wider scale too, as it addresses the shortage of engineers in a technological world, and particularly, engineers that understand the wider context of the role in business and society.