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Issue 29 Spring 2014

Burma Road Student Village opens Student satisfaction Crime and Justice Research Centre Children’s show starts UK tour

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Alfred the Great The search for his final resting place

Alumni Postgraduate Scholarship Enrol on a Masters programme at the University of Winchester and receive a 20 per cent discount with the Alumni Postgraduate Scholarship if you apply before 11 June 2014. For those with first-class Honours the discount increases to 50 per cent.

Who is eligible for the scheme? All of our former students who have completed an undergraduate degree, postgraduate degree or research degree or research degree at the University of Winchester. This scheme cannot be used in conjunction with any other sponsorship awarded by the University of Winchester. Students supported by their employer for professional development programmes, students intending to pursue a PGCE and students applying for a top-up course are also ineligible.

What other conditions apply? For the reduced tuition fee you need to be accepted on your intended programme of study and be able to satisfy all the normal academic admissions criteria as well as the University of Winchester’s enrolment and registration conditions.

Why choose Winchester? We offer you a postgraduate experience that targets your career ambitions, deepens your knowledge and enhances your employability. For a full course listing please visit If you have any further queries please contact the Alumni Office on 01962 827532 or email Why not attend our Postgraduate Open Evening on 4 June 2014. For more information

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Welcome Dear Friends, I am pleased to be able to report that despite ongoing uncertainty within the university sector, Winchester continues to go from strength to strength with buoyant recruitment for 2013. This leaves us well-placed to take advantage of the lifting of restrictions on student numbers from 2015 onwards.

artist and now provides a fitting welcome to the campus.

In November, I was honoured to be elected as Chair of GuildHE, one of only two national representative bodies for Higher Education. I intend to do all I can at the national level to promote the interests of smaller, specialist universities, such as Winchester.

We have celebrated much success in national league tables this year, rising 18 places up The Sunday Times rankings and being awarded seventh best modern university. Much of this was down to our student satisfaction levels, which were higher than ever before. We were rated highest in the country in Law, History and Archaeology by our students (National Student Survey 2013). These results are testament to the dedication of our staff and our commitment to providing a top quality university experience for all our students.

The past year has been an exciting one for the University, with many new projects to enhance the Estate. These included the official opening in October of the Burma Road Student Village with its state-of-the-art gym which is proving very popular with students and the local community. It has also been a joy to unveil many new artworks on the campus, including a portrait of our first Chancellor, Dame Mary Fagan DCVO JP, and the striking sculpture The Angel which was commissioned from a local

Our Department of Archaeology hit the headlines nationally and internationally with a key discovery in the search for the final resting place of King Alfred the Great. Alongside the community group Hyde900, we were able to unveil the important discovery of a pelvic bone which is likely to belong to either King Alfred or his son Edward. This demonstrated the power of academic research to reach across centuries and has really caught the public imagination.

University green initiatives achieve multiple awards The University of Winchester has once again been praised for ever increasing green honours. As 2013 drew to a close, the University received the city’s highest endorsement for environmental performance – the Carbon Smart Gold certificate – for the second year running. The scheme recognises local organisations which show effort in reducing their carbon footprint. The University has made carbon savings through sustainable waste management, reduced energy consumption and a robust carbon management plan.

It was also recognised with the Blake Lapthorn Sustainability Award at the Hampshire Business Awards 2013, which is designed to highlight the best of the county’s thriving business community. The University’s reputation as a green institution has grown significantly, and in 2013 was titled as Winchester City Council’s Carbon Smart Business of the Year. In 2012 The University earned the title of Eco Business of the Year for both Winchester and the South Coast.

Graduation 2013 was once again a wonderful celebration of the achievements of our students. It was a pleasure to have some of the first women graduates of the University with us at Graduation, marking 50 years since the first women graduated from the three year programme. We also introduced a new Vice-Chancellor’s Community Engagement Award which was awarded this year to the late Paul Chamberlain, a former member of staff who did so much for his community. Paul sadly died unexpectedly last August. I hope to welcome many alumni at the annual Winton Reunion in June. There will be a special 175th anniversary reunion weekend in summer 2016 and many other opportunities for alumni to get involved in the celebrations during 2015-16. Thank you to all our friends and alumni for your continued support and encouragement and wishing you a very happy Easter.

Professor Joy Carter DL, Vice-Chancellor

Contents Vice-Chancellor chairs GuildHE...... page 2 Graduation 2013................................. page 3 Search for Alfred the Great............... pages 4-5 Awards for Journalism students....... page 6 Lecturer’s show on UK tour.............. page 7 Ethiopian eco-wilderness lodge...... pages 8-9 Irving Club tour Germany 1967....... page 10 Fresher to future: Psychology........... page 11 Gambian projects............................... pages 12-13 Student Union Presidents................. page 14 Obituaries............................................. page 15 Winton Club Reunion........................ page 16

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University News

ViceChancellor elected as Chair of GuildHE Professor Joy Carter, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Winchester, is the new Chair of GuildHE. Vice-Chancellor of Buckinghamshire New University, Professor Ruth Farwell, has served as Chair for two terms, and welcomed the appointment.

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Burma Road Student Village opens The beginning of the current academic year saw the grand opening of the latest student accommodation development, the Burma Road Student Village. Located adjacent to the King Alfred Campus, the space offers 350 en suite bedrooms and numerous state-of-the-art facilities, including an extensive new gym. “Over recent years, the University has invested heavily in order to provide affordable, sustainable and modern accommodation for those studying here,” said Professor Neil Marriott, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Winchester. The new buildings are divided into flats of six to eight bedrooms and all have secure swipe card entry systems, as well as energy-saving features such as automatic lighting controls.

Student rent includes energy bills and access to free WiFi. Seven bedrooms have been adapted for wheelchair users and there are facilities to assist hearing-impaired students. The gym is split over two floors and hosts the latest fitness equipment which is programmed with advanced simulations. “For example, users are able to cycle through the streets of Paris and the display will react to the speed of travel,” commented Professor Marriott. A range of exercise classes run throughout the year. Student, staff, community and corporate membership is available. The Burma Road Student Village opening ceremony was held in October 2013, led by Professor Dame Mary Fagon DCVO JP, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire and Chancellor of the University of Winchester.

“I know that Joy shares the values of GuildHE members as specialist, student-focused, highquality teaching institutions with an important contribution to the sector.” Professor Carter is Chair of the University Vocational Awards Council (UVAC), a Board Member of the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA), and is a Board Member of the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Until recently she was Chair of the Cathedrals Group of Universities.

Satisfied students

“It is more important than ever to make sure that smaller, specialist, higher education institutions have a voice within the sector,” commented Professor Carter.

The University of Winchester has risen by 18 places from last year’s ranking in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2014.

Professor Carter was appointed as Vice-Chancellor at the University of Winchester in April 2006. She has now taken over as Chair of GuildHE after Professor Farwell’s term ended in November 2013.

It is now 57th in the overall league table and the 10th best university in the South East. The Student Union is ranked first in the South East and in the top 10 in England. The Guide identified the University as making the biggest rise in the rankings, and is the second consecutive year it has achieved a significant leap forward. Winchester degree students who completed the 2013 National Student Survey revealed a 100 per cent satisfaction result in Law, History and Archaeology; which rank these subjects as highest nationally. Alongside this, the British Quality Foundation have awarded five-star recognition for overall excellence (for the second time), making it the only University in the UK to have been awarded


twice in a row. The award recognises the University’s well developed leadership culture and student-focused approach. Finally, postgraduate students from the University have given a glowing report for teaching, learning and career development in the 2013 Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey. In the major national poll, the University out-performed other institutions by scoring higher than the sector average. PGCE Primary at Winchester scored particularly highly. Students on the course gave a 95 per cent rating in terms of career and professional development. “We are constantly striving to enhance the quality of teaching and learning,” commented Professor Neil Marriott, Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Winchester. “We shall be using the results of this survey to plan improvements for the coming years.”

University News

New Crime and Justice Research Centre launched The University of Winchester launched a new Crime and Justice Research Centre last October. The Centre enhances current developments within the already well-established Winchester Innocence Project (part of the Innocence Network UK), and extend its interest to cover research relating to the field of crime and justice. The launch included a keynote address by Michael Zander QC, FBA of the London School of Economics, a highly distinguished British legal scholar and expert on the British legal system. It is hoped that the new Centre will act as a catalyst and forum for the sharing of information and research among students and experts at the University of Winchester.

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Graduation 2013 The University of Winchester saw more than 1,800 students graduate in the latest ceremonies, held in Winchester Cathedral. Over four days and through seven ceremonies, the awards were presented to each student in turn. The event commenced with a special procession, which included the University’s African Drumming Ensemble, and travelled from Abbey House to the Cathedral. The ceremony was attended by dignitaries from across the region, and the Chancellor, the Board of Governors and senior staff from the University. Miriam Margolyes OBE, Honorary Doctorate

veterinarian, and the Elephant Valley Project (EVP); an ecotourism programme that provides an alternative approach to elephant care, rehabilitation and conservation. With over 40 members of staff, and 13 elephants in their care, ELIE provides local people with employment without displacing them from their land, giving them an income which allows them to send their children to school. It also offers gap year students and tourists an opportunity to learn about the elephants up-close.

University welcomes series producer of Dragons’ Den Putul Verma, series producer of Dragons’ Den, recently attended the University of Winchester to present her lecture: Ten mostly accurate tips for working on factual TV. A trained journalist to degree level, Putul started her career as a national newspaper reporter and entered television as a political researcher. She then went on to produce and direct episodes of Ibiza Uncovered, Coppers and Airline. More recently she has been the series producer of several flagship television series including Come Dine With Me for Channel 4 (of which she also produced and directed the pilot episode), The Hotel Inspector for Channel 5 and Masterchef and Dragons’ Den for the BBC. She specialises in high profile, fast turnaround, high volume series and is currently series editor for Homes Under the Hammer for BBC1.

Celia Imrie, Honorary Doctorate

Honorary Doctorates were awarded to operatic soprano Claire Rutter; Paralympic gold medallist Helena Lucas MBE; Dr Emmanuel Adjase; artist Rosa Branson MBE; writer Patrick Gale; vegetarian cookery writer Rose Elliot; and actresses Miriam Margolyes OBE and Celia Imrie.

During the ceremony in which Jack received his award, £350 was raised for the Elephant Valley Project fund. See page 17 for details on how to nominate Alumnus of the Year 2014.

Honorary Fellowships were awarded to Lady Joan Appleyard; councillor Chris Pines; Felicity Hindson MBE; and Zoie Golding. The Alumnus of the Year award went to Jack Highwood, founder of the Elephant Livelihood Initiative Environment (ELIE) in the Mondulkiri Province, close to the Vietnamese border. It is an economically-sustainable charitable organisation that was set up to improve the health and welfare of domestic elephants and to provide advice and education to the local people. ELIE runs several projects which include elephant research, monitoring, a mobile

Jack Highway, Alumnus of the Year


The University of Winchester is working in partnership with Hyde900, a cultural community group, to find the final resting place of King Alfred the Great. In January 2014 archaeologists from the University confirmed they had discovered part of a pelvic bone, most likely to be from Alfred the Great or his eldest son, Edward the Elder. This significant find was announced to the world’s media at a crowded press conference and by a BBC Two documentary team that exclusively filmed the project.

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took place on the site of Hyde Abbey between 1995 and 1999, and that led her to an exciting development. Dr Tucker was advised of two boxes of bones in the Museum’s storage facility that had been identified as human, but not until some years later after the excavation had ended and the funding had run out. Upon examining the remains, Dr Tucker’s interest was piqued by a pelvis bone that had been found at the site of the Abbey’s High Altar. Radiocarbon dating showed it dated from AD 895-1017. Osteological analysis found it belonged to a man between 26 and 45+ at death.

The Unmarked Grave, St Bartholomew’s Church, Hyde

King Alfred was best known for defending Wessex against the Viking invaders, but he also laid the foundations for a unified English nation. He was above all passionate about education and learning. History recalls that when King Alfred died in 899, he was interred in the Anglo-Saxon cathedral in Winchester, known as the Old Minster, along with his eldest son Edward and his wife Ealhswith. From there the bones were moved by monks to New Minster and then Hyde Abbey. Hyde Abbey was dismantled after the Dissolution of the Monasteries in the sixteenth century; the bodies remained there until a prison was built on the site in 1788, when an eyewitness reported the tombs were emptied and the remains ‘thrown about’. In 1866-67, an antiquarian claimed to have excavated the bones of the Wessex royal household from the site of Hyde Abbey. He sold these to the Rector William Williams of Saint Bartholomew’s Church in Hyde, who reinterred them in an unmarked grave in the late nineteenth century.

Early in 2013 Hyde900, working with Saint Bartholomew’s Church, petitioned Winchester Diocese to grant permission to exhume the remains of the Unmarked Grave. Archaeologists from the University exhumed the remains in March 2013. Dr Katie Tucker, Researcher in Human Osteology at the University of Winchester, led the exhumation. She established that the bones, including five skulls, came from a minimum of six individuals. “All were adults: one definitely female, one definitely male, two possible males and two incomplete individuals,” said Dr Tucker. “These people had suffered from multiple pathologies, including common conditions such as dental disease and arthritis.” Radiocarbon dates revealed the skeletons dated from about 1100 to 1500 AD, much later than Alfred’s reign. Dr Tucker said the evidence pointed to one conclusion: “The occupants of the unmarked grave were not among the West Saxon royal family.”

“Given there was no Anglo-Saxon cemetery at Hyde Abbey, we began working on the informed likelihood that this bone comes from one of the members of the West Saxon royal family brought to the site,” said Dr Tucker. “Given the age at death of the individual, and the probable male identity, the plausible candidates are King Alfred, King Edward the Elder, or the brother of King Edward, Æthelweard. All were buried in the Abbey. However, historical evidence indicates that only the coffins of Alfred and Edward were at the site of the High Altar. The discovery of the bone in a pit dug into the graves in front of the High Altar makes it far more likely that it comes from either Alfred or Edward.” The University of Winchester is now working with its partners to continue the quest to find further remains of Alfred and the Wessex royal family at Hyde Abbey. Find out more at

As part of Dr Tucker’s research she contacted the Winchester Museum Service to find out more about a community excavation that

Dr Katie Tucker, Researcher in Human Osteology, University of Winchester

Pelvic bone


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Journalism students recognised to find the next generation of pioneering reporters. One of the entries was put together on the night of the Eastleigh by-election. They combined a webcast, a live outside broadcast from the count and post-result interviews with candidates to create a package of interactive coverage. “We were absolutely delighted and proud to be runners up,” said Kate Drummond. “Each and every one of us put a lot of time into the coverage, which took place throughout the night. “They have done fantastically well,” said Chris Horrie, Programme Leader for Journalism at the University of Winchester. “TV News Day is very much seen as the main award and the students continue to amaze the editors and others in the profession with their professionalism, ambition and energy.”

The TV News Day ensemble was led by Simisola Adebosin, Harry Parkhill, Kate Drummond and Ellen Millard, from the BA and MA Journalism courses at the University. They won the category with the Winchester News Online (WINOL) Budget Special.

Additionally, third year students, Kate Drummond and Jason French, and graduates, Anja Elen Elkenes and Sam Ashton, came runners up with two entries in the BBC’s Student Innovation Awards 2013. This nationwide competition scoured universities

Inaugural lectures

Researchers support Nepalese peace process

Congratulations to Professor Neil Messer, Professor Chris Horrie and Professor Peter Billingham who recently held their professorship inaugural lectures. Neil Messer, Professor of Theology at the University of Winchester, presented Where Science, Theology and Ethics Collide: The Case of the Human Brain. It explored some of the questions raised for Christian faith and ethics by recent developments in neuroscience. Chris Horrie, of the University’s School of Media and Film, presented Rupert Murdoch: what next for The Sun King? He delved into the world of the entrepreneur and risk-taker, and speculated on what the future has in store for his empire. Peter Billingham, Professor of Modern Drama, explored the extraordinary experiences of three theatre companies touring during World War II in Acts of Conscience: Performance, Pacifism and Politics 1939-1945. 6

“To be recognised for our commitment and hard work is a very satisfying achievement.”

Journalism students and alumni from the University of Winchester have continued to gain national recognition, winning best TV News Day at the Broadcast Journalism Training Council Awards and shortlisted for the BBC’s Student Innovation Awards 2013.

Researchers from the University of Winchester have been on a mission to Nepal, helping religious leaders, campaigners and policy makers find common ground to reinforce the peace process. Dr Mark Owen and Dr Anna King from the University’s Centre of Religions for Reconciliation and Peace (WCRRP) have been working in Nepal for the past three years and have run inter-faith workshops within the country. Their aim is to promote mutual understanding among the country’s numerous ethnic and religious groups as they move towards a democratic future. “Our work supports and encourages interreligious, multi-faith groups to think about

Only four entries were shortlisted by a professional panel of BBC judges. This was comprised of John Baker, Head of the BBC College of Journalism; Olivia Solon, Associate Editor of; and BBC News Presenter Philippa Thomas. “The consistency of the award-winning performance year after year means we now have dozens of students in influential positions throughout the media,” added Chris Horrie.

what resources they can mobilise to positively support and enhance the peace process,” explains Dr Owen, Director of WCRRP. “It is a slow process, but building a functioning democracy cannot be achieved overnight. The people of Nepal have to face and overcome some very challenging issues.” Their work also fed into a national event in the capital, Kathmandu. The result of this summit was the ‘Kathmandu Declaration’ – an action plan identifying specific areas for religious peace-building.

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Paul Hollywood and Alex Langlands

PhD success University of Winchester student and presenter of numerous BBC2 series Alex Langlands, has graduated with a PhD in Anglo-Saxon History. His studies included a blend of historical and archaeological research, focusing on the early medieval landscape of Wessex and the theme of travel and communication. Alongside working towards his PhD, he had an active filming schedule for the BBC2 programmes Victorian Farm, Edwardian Farm and Wartime

Farm. Each focused on the farming methods used in the time period and were some of the channels most popular factual programmes.

whilst also learning new and innovative ways of thinking about this important part of our nation’s history.”

In addition to the presenting, Alex lectures part-time at the University and has worked on a number of books relating to the TV series.

Alex has since starred alongside baker Paul Hollywood in an episode of Paul Hollywood’s Pies and Puds on BBC1 – tasking him to cook traditional puddings the ‘old fashioned way’.

“I have had a thoroughly enjoyable time here at the University of Winchester,” commented Alex. “The PhD has enabled me to set in motion some of my skills as an archaeologist

Currently, Alex has returned to the University of Winchester in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, in a post-doctoral position.

Children’s show starts UK tour Interactive children’s show Uluzuzulalia, directed by University of Winchester Lecturer Dr Yvon Bonenfant, has begun its UK tour at the city’s Theatre Royal. Uluzuzulalia allows children between six and 11 years of age to explore the creative, scientific and artistic potential of their own voices during a live performance staged inside two hi-tech tents. When children enter the performance tents, actors guide them to use their own voices to contribute to the show and explore different sounds as they play a part in the unfolding story. Special effects and lighting help to visualise the noises they make. Dr Bonenfant is the Programme Leader for the University’s Doctor of Creative Arts in

Performing Arts. He worked in collaboration with the Theatre Royal Winchester, The Point in Eastleigh and local schools to fine tune the project before its national tour. “The tour is an exciting opportunity to bring audiences around the UK a dynamic show that makes children the stars of their own vocal performances, without the pressure to ‘sing well’,” said Dr Bonenfant. Uluzuzulalia is part of Dr Bonenfant’s Your Vivacious Voice project, which has received nearly £200,000 in funding from the Wellcome Trust and Arts Council England. For more information visit


Alumni News

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Former students build eco-wilderness lodge in Ethiopia

Guy Levene OBE and alumnus Yvonne Levene, owners of Bale Mountain Lodge

In 2009, alumnus Yvonne Levene (BA English with History 1978 to 1981 and PGCE 1981 to 1982) and her husband Guy Levene OBE, a former British Army Colonel, were posted to Ethiopia. This was the start of a new adventure that has seen them construct an eco-wilderness lodge in the Bale Mountains National Park. Here is Yvonne’s story of their journey. Yvonne and her husband Guy had travelled all over the world with the military, with Yvonne teaching where she could. An event in October 2009 changed their lives forever. “Our younger son, then just 17 years old, broke his neck playing rugby for his school in the UK. He was rendered paralysed from the chest down,” says Yvonne. “His aim in rehabilitation was to go to Ethiopia which he did in December 2010, and partly because of his accident we decided to apply for the first wave of military redundancies in March 2012.” A year before, the Ethiopian Wildlife and Conservation Authority (EWCA) had taken steps to secure the future of the Bale Mountains National Park, which is around a six hours drive south of Addia Ababa. They were seeking investors to develop a high-end lodge in the park in order to increase revenue and provide employment. This was to reduce cattle grazing, agriculture and deforestation. “We applied and were accepted to develop the first lodge to be granted an operator’s 8

concession within an Ethiopian National Park. We chose to locate our development within the Katcha clearing of Harenna Forest, a 1,000km2 of pristine wilderness forest and home to amazing numbers of endemic birds, animals and reptiles.” The building of the lodge started in 2012 and opened in October 2013, with some accommodation open. Yvonne and Guy aim to have it fully operational in mid to late 2014. The main material used is local stone but there will be a circular thatched dining room. There are three rooms within the vicinity of the lodge for guests with mobility problems or those who prefer to stay in the lodge area. There are 12 other bedrooms located in the forest that allow guests to have views of the forest clearing or mountains. “BMNP is truly an amazing place. The Sanetti Plateau rises to 4,350m above sea level and acts as a water storage tower for 12 million downstream users who live in the dry Somali and Afar regions of Ethiopia. There is a need to preserve the ‘sponge’ effect on the plateau

and the water storage of the trees in the tropical cloud forest. The plateau is also home to the rare Ethiopian Wolf – there are 550 in the world, 350 of which live in the Plateau. We are working very closely with the government to minimise negative practices and promote conservation. “One of our problems is that it has been difficult to put a ‘label’ on the lodge, but we do aim to not just be a tourist destination but a facilitator of education and wider knowledge.” Yvonne and Guy have employed a naturalist and an ornithologist from Kenya, who is developing wildlife and environmental tours and also helps to co-ordinate research teams that visit the lodge. Part of the lodge includes a research block and at the moment there is a team from Utah University who are studying the effects of bird numbers within the forest. The Levenes’ journey and the lodge have captured the attention of national and international press, having featured in The Times, The Telegraph, Conde Nast Traveller and

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Former Winchester archaeologist uses Great War expertise to analyse unique model

The Independent, with features in The Guardian, Wall Street Journal and Travel Africa magazine to come. “We are trailblazing in what may be a new era for Ethiopian tourism. We are trying to set new standards in Ethiopia and are determined to be an ethical and conservation driven company, which benefits Ethiopia and those with whom we live and work. “I never expected when I was a student that my life would take such a turn and we would always be happy to welcome fellow alumni to what we believe to be one of the most amazing places on Earth,” added Yvonne. For more information visit Eco features planned at the lodge include: • E lectricity will be generated through the lodge’s ‘micro-hydro plant’ diverting water from one of the streams through turbines before re-entering the stream • W  aste biodegradable materials will be used to generate bio-gas in order to provide for heating the water and cooking in the service quarters • D  rinking water will be purified by taking water from the clear mountain stream and passing it through slow-sand filtration • E very bedroom will have a wood burning stove and the wood will be sourced from sustainable plantations outside the National Park

Archaeologist Martin Brown (History with Archaeology 1984 to 1987) has been working at the site of a first world war training camp in Cannock Chase. He has been analysing an unusual tactical model used during the Great War that was built and used after the Battle of Messines in Belgium in June 1917. Martin is a recognised expert in the archaeology of the Great War and has excavated at Messines. He worked on a small exploratory phase of the works on the model since 2007. He is currently working with No Man’s Land, the European Group for Great War Archaeology, assisting in the analysis of the model and will manage the excavation and interpret the results. “It is thought the model was used in a camp to train new recruits in the New Zealand Rifle Brigade who had just arrived in the UK from New Zealand,” says Martin. “In part the model seems to have been for training and it’s easy to imagine a sergeant with a long stick pointing out significant places and describing the battle. However, there are also elements of more subtle training – the model represents the great battle honour of the Rifle Brigade and where they won their Victoria Cross but also lost quite a few of their mates.”

Once the model has been cleared and recorded, Martin will devise and ensure the protection of the monument. It will be reburied under geo-textile, sand, mesh (to deter burrowing animals) and topsoil, with a final layer of grass and heather mix to improve the wider habitat. The project is funded by Staffordshire County Council (as landowner) and Natural England. The excavation has also had significant public involvement, involving up to 30 volunteers per day, including local people, serving military personnel and military historians, assisting with the excavation and recording.

Martin Brown, Archaeologist


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Blast from the Past: Memories of Irving Club Volpone tour In 1967, the Irving Club (Drama Society) at King Alfred’s College took their annual production (Volpone by Ben Johnson) to Germany. Roger Coates (Cert Ed Handicraft 1964 to1967) was on that tour and shares his memories. “These productions were the annual drama highlight of the year and we filled the Great Hall for a few nights with an audience from the College and the city. The popular, charismatic Drama Lecturer Brian Watkins was the moving force behind all this. There was a quite a lot of study and lecture time diverted to the production. A few weeks after the last curtain call Brian came up with a jolly wheeze. It seems Volpone was a set text for secondary students of English in German schools. What if we took the play on tour around Germany? I guess that was Brian’s question. Those of us who said yes or showed a glimmer of interest started to put things together. “On a sunny morning in April, we drove off for Dover and the ferry. A rota of friends sat beside me on the bus to chat and see that I did not nod off. At about 8pm we drove into a

schoolyard to be met by students and parents – they were our hosts for the night, and my digs had a parking space for a bus. “Early the next morning, we returned to the school and spent the day setting up the stage for the night which was a lot of work – we set up in a hall we had never seen, plugs that needed changing, dressing rooms to fix up and the janitor to keep sweet. We had a dress rehearsal by 5pm and it was like a travelling circus without elephants! Brian was the ringmaster and the curtain went up to a full house of eager students who knew every word of the play! “The following morning everything was re-loaded and we moved on. We did that in four places and always opened on time. The hospitality was wonderful and we had a civic reception in Giessen, a tour to the border to look at East German guards looking at us and had amazing hospitality from our family hosts – all of which made for a truly memorable experience. I reflect with joy that all it cost each of us was £7! It would be wonderful to share a nostalgic fest of memories with any students on that trip. I have a photo and article from the Fuldaer Zeitung, 12 April 1967.”

Mexico meeting for alumni Two Winchester graduates met in Mexico after their respective roles brought them together as part of a visit to the country by the Minister for Universities and Science, David Willetts MP. Lena Milosevic (BA English and Drama 1978 to

1981 and PGCE 1981 to 1982) is the Country Director of the British Council in Mexico and Martin Doel (BEd 1976 to 1980) joined the delegation as CEO of the Association of Colleges. Both Lena and Martin’s roles focus on increasing links in education and forming strategic partnerships between the two countries.

Martin Doel; former UK Ambassador, Judith Macgregor; Minister for Universities and Science, David Willets MP; and Lena Milosevic


If you were part of that trip or part of the Irving Club company please email Roger at

The Irving Club gathers

Lightening the load after gear box problems

South Bank Sky Arts Awards Two former University of Winchester students have achieved recognition at this year’s South Bank Sky Arts Awards. British comedian, actor and musician Nick Helm; who is currently starring in BBC3’s Uncle, was presented with The Times Breakthrough Award by fellow TV comedian, Stephen Mangan. Theatre designer David Shearing was one of five recipients to be awarded with a Sky Academy Arts Scholarship. This included a £30,000 bursary as well as mentoring from Sky and the arts industry to help develop his skills in order to progress his work to the next level. Nick Helm

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Fresher to Future: focus on Psychology Chris Heaslop (BSc Psychology 2007 to 2010) Business Psychology Consultant, Kaisen Consulting “After leaving Winchester, I applied for an MSc in Occupational and Organisational Psychology at the University of Surrey. The course allowed me to build on the foundations of my undergraduate degree by applying what I had learnt into the context of business psychology. “Kaisen Consulting did a presentation during my Masters course, and I was keen to work with them so I jumped at the chance when they advertised for new psychologists on the BPS website. As a consultant, I am responsible for the delivery of their suite of leadership and assessment and development solutions to clients. This includes assessment

of leadership capability and potential, leadership coaching, leadership development and leadership strategy. “Since joining, I have had a breadth of experience working with different clients delivering assessment and development services to managers from the agriculture, engineering, financial services, legal, pharmaceutical, professional services, retail and utilities sectors. “I enjoy the variety; there is always something new every week, whether it is working with a different client, a new solution, or on a new type of project – there is rarely a dull moment. Also I have the opportunity to work with some of the top business professionals in the world and I find helping them to improve their workplace performance immensely rewarding. In addition, the people I work with inside Kaisen are outstanding business psychologists and there is an air of openness and professionalism that I find very inspiring.

“To work in this field you need a passion for psychology and leadership, an open and challenging mind and good insight into people. Because there is extensive personal contact with senior leaders within clients, professional credibility and strong oral and written communication skills are important. Well-developed relationship management and project management skills, and an interest in pursuing your own professional development are also key personal attributes. “The degree at Winchester really ignited my passion for psychology; I was always interested in it before, and the quality of teaching and support from the lecturers helped me realise that I wanted to pursue a career as a professional psychologist. “One piece of advice I would give to students about to graduate is to ensure that if you do a course that it is accredited by the BPS. Internships are worth their weight in gold, but make sure that it is with a reputable company and do your research before you apply.”

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where there is information and profiles of some of our graduates and what they are doing now.

The University of Winchester takes great pride in our graduates and we want to share your success. We have created a dedicated webpage

We hope that this will inspire our prospective and current students to achieve their potential and gain an insight into the wide range of

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Supporting deaf children in The Gambia Alumnus Malcolm Garner has set up a project to support deaf children in The Gambia after a long career working in education in the UK. Malcolm Garner (BEd 1966 to 1970) was one of the first students to study the degree at King Alfred’s College and just before he finished his studies he visited a school for the deaf. “I was immediately fascinated by the challenge that this disability presented to the learning process and the strategies that could be used to minimise its impact,” says Malcolm. “As a result I went to work in a school for the deaf and a year later trained and qualified as a teacher of the deaf (TOD). This set the course of my career and for the next 37 years I was involved in special education, 28 of them as Head of Education Support Services for sensory and other areas of Special Educational Needs (SEN) in Avon, Staffordshire and Birmingham.” It was this work that led Malcolm to the Gambia. In 2003, he was co-driver in delivering a minibus overland to be donated to the School for the Blind in Serrekunda and decided to take hearing aids and other audiology equipment to donate to the nearby school for the deaf – the only one of its kind in the country.

“I found that there were no qualified TODs in Gambia at all and there was no-one able to make effective use of the equipment I had taken. Nor were there any arrangements for the routine testing of children’s hearing and almost no use of hearing aids. As a result I decided to see if we could do anything to improve the situation and, with a handful of other TODs, set up the Gambian Deaf Children Support Project (GDCSP).” The Project group have since returned every year and run many courses for the staff from the special school, and numerous other courses for teachers from mainstream schools, tutors from Gambia College of Education and also for Senior Education Officers from all six regions of the country. The aim has been to raise expectations and ensure people realise it is quite possible to educate deaf children, provided appropriate support is in place. Malcolm and his team also trained the first peripatetic (or itinerant) teachers of the deaf, paid their salaries and bought them motorbikes so they could travel and visit deaf children in local schools, as well as providing support and advice to their teachers and families. In September 2012 they assisted with the opening of the first unit for deaf children, attached to a mainstream school. This was in an inland area

with no previous educational provision for deaf children. Both these initiatives have been very successful and have been adopted as models by the Gambian Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education (MOBSE) who have trained and now employ 36 itinerant teachers for SEN, all equipped with motorbikes, to work across the whole country. In the latest development the MOBSE is planning to open two more units for deaf children in mainstream schools later this year. Meanwhile GDCSP has worked closely with other charities to provide a mobile hearing clinic with trained medical and educational staff and to develop sign language interpreter and other support for deaf students and adults. Malcolm says: “A fundamental principle in all our work has been to provide the skills, understanding and equipment necessary for Gambians to do the work themselves, rather than them becoming dependent on us to do it for them. Only in this way can the work possibly become self-sustaining.” To find out more about the GDCSP and the latest news please visit the website

Alumni Association Survey 2013


Many thanks to those who responded to the survey included in Venta 28. We received 380 online responses and 50 by post.

Winchester’s Alumni Association. One thing is clear from the results – the name Winton remains firmly in most alumni memories of Winchester.

We are reviewing the results and using your answers and comments to help us plan the future of The Winton Club – the University of

In response to the questions about Venta you asked for more stories about alumni so we need you to tell us about yourselves.

Please email if you have an interesting tale to tell. Corinne Mackenzie Development Manager

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Gambia Project The current fundraising total stands at over £40,000 with donations continuing to help support children and their education in the community of Soma in The Gambia, West Africa. The new facilities officially opened in 2013 were four refurbished classrooms and new toilets at Soma School. While the work to improve school life will always be a priority for the Gambia Project, ensuring that the children of Soma have sufficient rice to eat is another. The women of Soma who work in the rice fields from early morning until late in the day walk – often barefoot – across wooden bridges that are in extremely poor condition. Thanks to the funds raised by the Gambia Project, work to build one new bridge began in September 2013 but an estimated £9,000 is needed to replace all the bridges.

New bridge

Before replacement of bridge

If you would like to contribute to the Gambia Project, donations can be made online via the University’s Virgin Money Giving webpage. Please see for the link and further information.

Friends of Foundation Music Association The new Association is open to anyone who wishes to support the music-making activities of Foundation Music at the University of Winchester. It is perfect for those alumni who were perhaps a member of Foundation Music as a student or a member of a choir or ensemble before Foundation Music started in 2000 or studied a music-related course. Foundation Music (FM) is the University’s extra-curricular music department and is located within the Student Services Department. FM runs vocal and instrumental ensembles, workshops, concerts, performances and community based events on campus, in Winchester, and in the local and wider community. There are no auditions and membership is free and open to anyone. Details of our ensembles and activities can be found on our website at

• I nvitations to concerts and friends tickets discounts where available • Reserved premium seating at on campus concerts on request • Special friends events and concerts • The chance to become directly involved in the lively musical life of the University • The opportunity to donate directly to FM and know your money is directly helping the music-making • The knowledge that you are directly supporting and involved in some amazing music-making that has a direct and positive affect on the students, staff and members of the local community who are involved

How to join Membership costs £10 per person per year (1 August-31 July). Reminders will be sent out by email and subscriptions must be paid by 31 August to continue membership or it will be suspended until subs are paid. To join, send your name, postal address, email, telephone number and a cheque (made payable to University of Winchester) to: Friends of Foundation Music, University of Winchester, Winchester, Hampshire, SO22 4NR. Alternatively you can pay by cash in person at the Foundation Music office on campus or at any FM event. Acknowledgement and membership number will be sent by email following receipt of your cheque.

Membership benefits include: • Regular e-updates on FM activities • Advance notice of concerts • Bi-annual newsletter detailing recent events, members news, concert reviews and topical articles 13

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Reminiscences of a past SU President Peter Bamford (Cert Ed 1959 to 1961) “I had the particular good fortune to be elected President of the Students’ Union of what was then King Alfred’s College for 1960-61. Our year group of 140 students were unique as we were the last single-sex entry to an all-male college, we were the last entrants to the two-year course and we were the last group to include a significant number (including myself) who were old enough to have experienced National Service. These circumstances as much as anything else gave our year group a particularly strong sense of cohesion from which I as President benefited greatly and which has sustained a strong web of continued contacts amongst us over the subsequent years. “My job had several elements: reading out notices after meals (the entire student body ate at one sitting per meal in the dining room in the main old building); exhorting and cajoling my fellow students as seemed desirable or necessary; presiding over meetings of the College Student Council and over full meetings of the whole student body; and in general representing that body both to the College authorities and to the outside world. Thus for instance, I was able to persuade a large number of students to turn out and cheer our football team on to victory in a local cup final and I was the recipient of the trophy in November 1960 for Best Guy in the

Winchester Guy Fawkes competition (I should emphasise that it was not I that was adjudged Best Guy, but the towering giant christened Alf King that the KAC students had built). “Meals were formal occasions, presided over by the College Principal or, in his absence, by one of his deputies. If arriving late or having to leave early, one bowed in or out. Dress was jacket and tie, with cravats allowed in summer. Maintaining this relative formality of dress was relatively easy, because I was the voice of the collective will. However, even in my year in office a shift in mood was becoming detectable: the sixties were about to start swinging and the student body was younger (with the passing of National Service), larger and co-educational, and the odd formalities were about to be swept away. Chapel attendance was to be a victim of these changes; in my year, attendance at morning chapel after breakfast and before the

start of the working day was expected, if not universally practised. “Social life at College in those days centred on the junior common room/coffee bar (no alcohol in College); popular haunts in town included the Two Bare Feet coffee bar and the Battery Inn in Romsey Road. The elected College Council included the Entertainments Secretary, whose job it was to promote and organise events such as the termly Ball or dance visits to local ladies’ colleges such as those in Salisbury and Chichester. “I look back on my two years at King Alfred’s College with enormous pleasure and am glad still to be in touch with many of my contemporaries. I look back on my year as President with both pleasure and pride; it was one of the major formative experiences of my life, and I remain deeply indebted to those who did me the honour of electing me.”

Student Union Presidents and Vice-Presidents, past and present, at a recent celebration

SU Presidents

I have had a very enthusiastic response to my call for names of Student Union Presidents – probably the best response ever to an article in Venta. Thanks for all the emails, phone calls and running around at Reunion resulting in this updated and almost complete list.

1957/58 Gus Walters 1958/59 Philip Shelton* 1959/60 David Johnson* 1960/61 Peter Bamford 1961/62 Colin Ranger (or Marshal?)* 1962/63 Brian Nichols* 1963/64 Chris Seaman* 1964/65 Nigel Cragg 1965/66 Revd John Perkins* 1966/67 Roger Coates 1967/68 Peter Tamplin* 1968/69 Ned Foster* 1969/70 Terry Wincott & Peter Lambert 1970/71 Alastair Snow* 1971/72 Dave Marchment* 14

1972/73 Phil Kingsley-Jones* 1973/74 Alastair Stevens 1974/75 Norman Mather* 1975/76 John Dennis* 1976/77 John Dickens 1977/78 * 1978/79 James Walker 1979/80 James Walker 1980/81 Mark Baxter* 1981/82 John Wilson 1982/83 Kevin Gillespie 1983/84 Sarah Gobran 1984/85 Jeremy Jury 1986/87 Phil Cass* 1987/88 Jayna Tyler 1988/89 John McKenna 1989/90 Adrian Daubney*

1990/91 Adrian Daubney* 1991/92 Nick Jermyn 1992/93 Vanessa Bowcock* 1993/94 Matt Alder 1994/95 Stewart Dove 1995/96 Phil Stocks 1996/97 Chris Hulse 1997/98 Chris Hulse 1998/99 Matt Horne 1999/00 Shelly (Michelle) Donaghy 2000/01 Neil Yates 2001/02 Michelle Codrington 2002/03 Ben Rogers 2003/04 Paul Baker 2004/05 Martin Rennison 2005/06 Jes Oliver 2006/07 Katie Curtis

2007/08 Steve Bowers 2008/09 Steve Bowers 2009/10 Jimmy Weighell 2010/11 Seb Miell 2011/12 Seb Miell 2012/13 Harry Stow 2013/14 Sophie Farmer *No contact details held by the Alumni Office. Please email any information to: Corinne Mackenzie Development Manager

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Annette Williams (BEd Drama 1975 to 1979) During her time at King Alfred’s College, Annette, who died in March 2013, took a full part in College drama productions, both in the John Stripe Theatre and in the beautiful openair setting of Mottisfont Abbey. Among the plays in which she acted were Guys and Dolls, The Boyfriend, Waiting for Godot, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and Love’s Labour’s Lost. At the time of her death she was sales director of Jellycat, a highly successful company producing children’s toys. She leaves a husband and a son.

Paul Chamberlain Paul Chamberlain, who has sadly died aged 68 following a short illness, was one of the towering figures of King Alfred’s College which he first joined in 1984 and the University of Winchester from which he retired in 2010. During his time at Winchester he played a key role in the development of Performing Arts. Indeed, under his directorship from 1995-2002, Performing Arts became the most popular subject in the institution, apart from teacher training, and underpinned the stability of the College for a number of years. By the time Paul came to Winchester he was a highly successful theatre director having been Artistic Director at the Live Theatre Company, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, the Orchard Theatre Company in Barnstable and Associate Director at Theatr Clwyd. He had a particularly close relationship with C.P. Taylor and premiered many of his works including Bandits (which was dedicated to Paul), Some Enchanted Evening and A Nightingale Sang. All this experience and expertise he brought to bear on his teaching at Winchester. At Winchester he directed many productions from A Midsummer Night’s Dream to The Vikings in Britain. His close collaboration with his colleague, friend and head of the School of Performing Arts, Steve Hawes, resulted in some notable productions including Triangles: A Play on Shakespeare’s Sonnets and Original Sin. He

was Chair of the Winchester Hat Fair from 1988 to 2001, a Director of Winchester Theatre Royal from 1990-1994 and a Board Member of the Proteus Theatre Company. In 2002 Paul took on a new role at the University as Director of Regional Academic Programmes and took a key role in development of our former Basingstoke Campus at Chute House. Under his leadership the University developed a number of significant partnerships with external bodies, including most successfully, the multinational IT and management consultancy company, Logica (now CGI). Such partnerships brought the University additional student numbers which enabled it to enjoy significant growth. Community engagement was always dear to Paul’s heart. He was Chair of Community Action Hampshire. Paul retired in 2010 but continued to engage with the Higher Education sector through his work as a reviewer with the Quality Assurance Agency and with Winchester in particular by taking on a roving brief which included a spell as Acting Head of Psychology. He also continued to work as a freelance theatre director. Generations of students were inspired by Paul’s teaching, many colleagues benefited from his interest and wisdom, all of us enjoyed this generous, kind and jovial man.

In memory of We have recently been notified of the death of the following alumni and former staff. We send our condolences to their families. Mr G H J Hall 1931 to 1933 Mr George (Mick) Stiles 1933 to 1935 Mr William E P Winder 1938 to 1940 Mr John (Jack) Dennis O’Grady 1948 to 1951 Mr Derek Mills 1950 to 1952 Mr Trevor Thomas Payne 1951 to 1953 Mr Peter Vernon Edkins 1952 to 1954 Mr Clifford G Harper 1953 to 1955 Mr Ian W McPherson 1953 to 1955 Mr Richard Simmons 1953 to 1955 Mr John W Johnston 1955 to 1957 Mr Brian E Ricketts 1955 to 1957 Mr Graham Barclay 1961 to 1964 Mr Timothy Michael Curran 1962 to 1965 Mr John H Turner 1962 to 1965 Ms June B A Webb 1963 to 1965 Mr Derek Hill 1966 to 1978 Ms Annette Williams 1975 to 1979 Mrs Christina Young (nee Lowsby) 1979 to 1982 Revd Anne Barton 1994 to 1998 Mr Paul Chamberlain 1984 to 2010 Mrs Prisca J F Tremeer 2007 to 2011 Also the three following ATS (1946) members of the Winton Club: Mrs Marie I Dove Miss Barbara Kersley Mrs Kathleen J Willis 15

Alumni News

Tell us your story Do you have any news or stories that you would like to share with us? The Alumni office is gathering stories for the next issue and would love to hear from you. So get in touch on the contact details below Email: Telephone: 01962 827532

Special offers and benefits for alumni The recent Alumni Association Survey revealed that many graduates do not know about the discounts and deals that are available to members. So here is a quick reminder.

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Winton Club Reunions Last year’s Winton Club Reunion took place on the sunny weekend of 28 to 30 June and brought together hundreds of alumni from across the UK and abroad. Most took advantage of the new en suite accommodation provided in the Queen’s Road Student Village and attended the organised events while others used the opportunity to drop in for a drink or a picnic on campus with old friends.

The toast ‘The University of Winchester and Winton Club’ was proposed by Tommy Geddes, University Ombudsman, with responses by Vice-Chancellor Professor Joy Carter DL and Dick Allwood, Year Secretary 1970 to 1973. The preacher at the Reunion service was The Reverend Dr Peter Waddell, Dean of Chapel. Dates for Reunion 2014 are 27-29 June and for 2015, 26-28 June.

The traditional Saturday luncheon was attended by 142 alumni and staff from across a wide range of years with John Shannon representing the 1935 to 1937 year group and more than 40 celebrating their ‘40 years on’. We were especially pleased to welcome a number of alumnae celebrating their ‘50 years on’, representing the first female graduates from the three-year course, 1960 to 1963.

• S cholarship discounts for postgraduate study at Winchester • D  iscounted bed and breakfast rates on campus • Half price Winchester Student Union venue hire • London theatre discounts • Holiday cottage discounts Find out more at:

Find a Friend Neville Dearden (Cert Ed 1959 to 61) is looking to contact David Cotton (Cert Ed 1959 to 61). If you are in touch with David or have any information please contact the Alumni Office. Email:

Winton Club Committee – new member We are pleased to announce that Timothy (Tim) Toghill (English with History, 1982 to 1985) has been elected to serve on the Winton Club Committee.

Law Society and eight as Head of Governance at Citizens Advice. I am aware of the value of the Winton Club Committee and will bring a high level of commitment and realism to it.”

Tim says: “I had three fabulous years at the University of Winchester, or King Alf’s as was then. I made friendships, had experiences and learnt a great deal along the way. I hope that current and future students have the same opportunities that I did and they enjoy it as much. I’ve been back a few times and helped to arrange 10 and 20 year alumni reunions. “I have experience of being a governor and trustee with a number of organisations including 10 years as Regional Director of the 16

Tim Toghill

Alumnus of the Year

Alumnus of the Year 2013, Jack Highwood (BA Archaeological Practice 2001 to 2004) Alumnus of the Year award The University of Winchester Alumnus of the Year formally recognises and celebrates the achievements of an alumnus of the University, or one of its predecessor institutions, who have made outstanding contributions to society through: • Considerable community/voluntary dedication • Career success in any area with a number of notable achievements • Exceptional courage in the face of adversity • Heroism or dedication to others

Nominations procedure: • Please go to to download the nomination form • Nominations may be made by alumni, staff, students and governors of the University of Winchester • N  ominations should include details of how the nominee has made a significant contribution in one or more of the above categories. Additional brief information, such as press cuttings or a CV, may be included in support of your nomination • The competition is open to all graduates of the University of Winchester, University College Winchester and King Alfred’s College worldwide • Please note that self-nominations are not accepted • A panel of judges will shortlist nominees and select a recipient The award will be conferred at Graduation each year. 17

The Angel is an eight foot bronze cast, by artist Amy Goodman, suspended on the wall of the Main Building. It has been dedicated by the Right Reverend Tim Dakin, Bishop of Winchester. More of Amy’s art can be seen around the King Alfred Campus and at West Downs, including welded steel animal sculptures which represent the University’s concern for animal welfare and sustainability.

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