University Founders Day 2016 celebrates a 50 year relationship with the City

As we enter our 50th anniversary year, it is also important to look back at where we began. It’s hard to believe that a peppercorn could play such an important part in our history but it’s an integral part of our annual Founders Day event.

Founders Day sees us celebrating the decision of the local council to allow some of its land on Claverton Down to be used as a site for a university campus in Bath. Every year, since 1966, we’ve paid a peppercorn to Bath & North East Somerset Council in lieu of rent for our land up here on the hill.

During our recent payment of the peppercorn to the Council, Vice-Chancellor Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell said:

“In the year in which we celebrate our 50th anniversary, it is especially important to recognise the close relationship between the city and this University.

What began on the top of a hill overlooking the city is now a community of over 100,000 alumni across 160 countries with 16,000 students and over 3000 staff. We make a significant economic, sporting, cultural and social contribution to the city whose civic leaders, in 1966, had the foresight to support the creation of a University in Bath.”