On Tuesday 26 May, a group of Quantity Surveyors revisited the University of Brighton to relive their university days. They graduated from the Brighton College of Technology in 1971. A large group attended a reunion back in 2016 and six years later, four of the cohort came back to take another look. A lot has changed on the Moulsecoomb campus since their last visit with the near completion of the big build. The group observed that the campus now looks very different and more built up since they saw it last and even more different from when they studied back in the late 60s when the campus consisted of only the Cockcroft Building! They reminisced about Club 66 which was situated on the mezzanine floor and observed that the ground floor of Cockcroft didn’t exist back when they were studying, there was water which went underneath the building to the courtyard beyond.
The graduates had a tour from Noel Painting, Rotimi Joseph and Mahmood Alam (School of Architecture, Technology and Engineering) who discussed the current curriculum and structure of the Quantity Surveying course and how their cohort was the last for a number of years before it was recently reinstated. The group enjoyed a tour of the new Business School (Elm House) and then a look around their old building. The Vice Chancellor Professor Debra Humphris stopped by to welcome the alumni and answer some of their questions about the size and shape of the university.
The group were intending to meet with another 18 of their cohort in the evening to have their dinner in English’s Seafood Restaurant which was their restaurant of choice after final exams because ‘they could only afford to eat there once a year!’
David Porter who attended the reunion said:
“It was both interesting and informative. The meeting with the Vice Chancellor was enlightening. 19,000 students is a great deal more than our time in Brighton. We were all highly impressed with the progress which has been, and is being made, at the University. It goes without saying that we were all so pleased that the QS degree has been revived.”
“Our reunion was a great success. As you may imagine there was much reminiscing of what happened in Brighton all those years ago. Both at work and at play!!”