Formerly known as Systems and Engineering, building 38 located on the University of Reading Whiteknights campus has now been renamed in honour of an aviation enthusiast.
Polly Vacher, a former Masters student in Music Education at Reading , attended the unveiling of the building’s new sign on Tuesday 15th August, accompanied by family members and Sir David Bell, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Reading.
Mrs Vacher made several long-distance flights in a single-engine aircraft in aid of Flying Scholarships for Disabled People (a charity that allows people with disabilities to pilot aeroplanes themselves), and was an awarded an MBE by the Queen for her efforts. At the unveiling, Mrs Vacher said: “It’s a proud honour to have a building named after me, but very humbling. I’d like to think that everyone who walks through the door of the building will be inspired to believe that if you keep at it you can achieve your dreams.”
Mrs Vacher also supports University of Reading’s Institute of Education, establishing its Universal Voices community children’s choir for children aged 7-12 and giving children the opportunity to experience the joy of music regardless of their financial circumstances.
The Polly Vacher building is home to the Knowledge Transfer Centre, and it is a huge honour for us to get to work in a building named after such an prestigious woman. Mrs Vacher is an inspiration and we are very proud to be part of the recognition she deserves.
You can read more about the charity she works with,Flying Scholarships for Disabled People, on their website: http://www.fsdp.co.uk/
University of Reading held it’s graduation ceremony this month which was, as ever, a fantastic event.
This year our many graduates were celebrated, including an honorary doctorate in literature for London-based author, designer and illustrator, and UoR graduate; Coralie Bickford-Smith, and an honorary doctorate of science for Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources of the Republic of Kenya; Professor Judi Wakhungu.
There was even a visit from Boris the dog! Boris is a four-year-old springer poodle who attended the ceremony to help one of the graduate’s sisters who suffers with anxiety, which eases in the presence of her beloved pooch.
July has brought with it a brand new team member; Dr Kimberley Steed German!
Dr Steed German gained her Ph.D. in solar and heliospheric physics at UCL where she also previously worked as the Faculty Research and Enterprise Manager for The Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment, and has now joined the Knowledge Transfer Centre as our newest Business Relationship Manager.
Dr Kimberley will be working in our business office, facilitating and managing collaborative relationships between academic and non-academic partners at the University, and we’re very happy to have her on board!