During the six weeks of Summer Institute – the crash course in teacher training all Teach First participants undergo – our tutors frequently told us that the next two years would be ‘the hardest experience of our lives’.
It always rather surprised me that an ancient city such as York did not have a university until 1963. In fact, York was just one of a clutch of universities that sprang up in the 1960s to meet the growing demand for higher education from the baby boomers.
With due respect to Philip Larkin, what really began in 1963 was the University of York – and English, with just fifty students and six full-time members of staff, was one of its first four departments.
Unfortunately, many of these establishments have folded and been unceremoniously replaced over the years. Alas, the legendary Willow restaurant closed only last year and is now a Clintons cards.
The event, run by the York Alumni association and hosted by Greg Dyke, took place under the auspices of law firm Howard Kennedy. It proved an invaluable opportunity for York graduates to chart the current climate of the sector.
Ah, the good old days. Never late or under prepared for anything with your uber-organised and unflappable PA, a.k.a ‘Mum’, at the helm of your academic, personal and sporting schedule.
After a week of tests, and marking of said tests, walking out the school reception with a gym bag full of more marking, my first half term is over. It’s done.
My trip involved travelling to four states over two months to visit arts based, mostly Shakespeare-focussed, juvenile and adult criminal rehabilitation programmes.
Which ‘type’ of Grad are you? Although technology, hair styling, home decor and shoulder pads have all come a long way since 1985’s St Elmo’s Fire, it still holds water 30 years on. If you have yet to see it, I’m not sure you can truly call yourself “educated” yet.
From shopping to the snow, the markets and marshmallows, and everything in between; re-discover the 8 essential elements that make York magical at Christmas!
Reliance on the system is not enough: Frances MacGuire gives a personal account of her mum’s struggle with dementia and a crumbling NHS.
Frazer Sheppard, who was a Breakfast DJ for URY in 1981, and is now an ITV Producer, recalls that the station was “no more than a couple of porter cabins in Derwent” during his time at York.