The call for nominations
The call for contributions went out to Leicester’s current staff, students, 135,000 known living alumni, former staff, and the wider public.
Dr Dixon says: “Some possessed written accounts from their time at the University and we uncovered some fascinating personal stories.
“Alumna Sandya Narayanswami told us about her experience of being the first Indian woman to compete on University Challenge, when Leicester’s team beat St John’s College, Oxford. She fearlessly fought – and won – against racist attitudes.”
“Bamber Gascoigne said I had ‘exceptionally broad general knowledge for a science major’. I replied: ‘That’s because I spent all my time in libraries’. What I didn’t tell him was that the racism in my school was so bad I spent all my time in the library. I read extensively and retained what I read. At Leicester, I was treated like an intelligent human being and graduated with a first-class degree at the top of my year.”
Many accounts of student life on campus and in Oadby were offered and several interesting photographs were found, including of the Attenborough Tower and the Engineering Building when under construction.