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Vice-Chancellor participates in Birkbeck anniversary celebration at Mansion House

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On Wednesday 13 December, Vice-Chancellor Professor Wendy Thomson CBE attended an evening gala at Mansion House celebrating the 200th anniversary of the founding of Birkbeck, University of London. 

HRH The Princess Royal meeting Vice-Chancellor Professor Wendy Thomson at the Birkbeck 200th anniversary celebration evening

University of London Chancellor HRH The Princess Royal, The Lord Mayor of London, and other distinguished guests were also in attendance.

In her remarks, the Vice-Chancellor congratulated Professor David Latchman on his upcoming retirement as Birkbeck's Vice-Chancellor and his appointment as Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of London, praising his tireless leadership and advocacy on behalf of lifelong learning. 

The Vice-Chancellor also presented a commemorative scroll featuring a quote from former Prime Minister and Birkbeck alumnus Ramsay MacDonald (see image below) and a 14-page booklet on the relationship between Birkbeck and the University of London as told through items found in the Senate House Library archives. 

“As this history shows," she told guests, “Birkbeck is a foundational member of the University of London federation, which today includes 17 world-leading higher education institutions. It is through our enduring collaboration that we have connected learners and researchers, wherever they are in the world, and at any point in their lives, to the unrivalled talent and knowledge represented at Birkbeck. I look forward to many more years.” 

You can learn more about how Birkbeck will be celebrating this landmark anniversary – from its revolutionary inception to its future plans – here.

A commemorative scroll featuring a quote from former Prime Minister and Birkbeck alumnus Ramsay MacDonald
Vice-Chancellor Professor Wendy Thomson addressing the audience at the Birkbeck 200th anniversary celebration evening
Vice-Chancellor Professor Wendy Thomson speaking at the podium at the Birkbeck 200th anniversary celebration evening