Celebrating Avery Hill College

Last Thursday (24th October) we were delighted to welcome over 350 former students of Avery Hill College to our Greenwich Campus for a set of special award ceremonies.

Avery Hill College was a teacher training college based at what is now our Avery Hill Campus. It was home to thousands of teacher trainees from its opening in 1906, when it was a college open only to women, until 1985 when it was officially incorporated into Thames Polytechnic (what is now the University of Greenwich).

Taking place during the university’s October graduation week, the ceremonies recognised the achievements of qualified teachers from Avery Hill College who went onto inspire generations of students across South East London, Kent and beyond. Those who joined us qualified with Certificates in Education and Bachelor of Education degrees from the 1940’s through to the early 1990’s.

During the ceremonies guests heard from Avery Hill College alumni Alan Morland, who was instrumental in promoting the awards through a number of networks of former students, and current Crystal Palace Football Club manager Roy Hodgson, who told guests how his time at Avery Hill College helped him become a better football coach.

It was incredibly humbling to welcome each and every Avery Hill College graduand and their guests to Greenwich and we hope that everyone who joined us had a wonderful day connecting with old friends and making new ones.

We look forward to sharing photos and footage from the day over the coming weeks. In the meantime, you can see some photos from the day below and a selection of images from our graduation photobooth on our Facebook page.

Roy Hodgson

Roy Hodgson is a successful football manager who has managed clubs all over Europe including in Sweden, Italy, Switzerland and England. Roy has also managed the national teams of Switzerland, Finland, United Arab Emirates and England and is the current manager of Crystal Palace Football Club.

Roy is an alumnus of the university, having qualified from Avery Hill College in 1972 with a Certificate in Education after a two-year course in PE.