Long periods of teaching practice featured prominently in the curriculum. It certainly prepared us for the teaching life ahead.
The 50th Anniversary celebrations on campus saw many of our alumni return to campus and be reunited with fellow alumni. This was none more evident than for Frank Glanz who caught up with classmates he hadn’t seen since finishing his course in 1971!
We were delighted to welcome Frank and other graduates from 1971 to different events, including the House of Commons (pictured below). We loved finding out more about their best memories from their time on campus.
Frank’s Memories of student life at Leeds Trinity
The accommodation on Campus – Rievaulx Hall was newly opened when we arrived in Sept 1967. We had 1/3 pint milk cartons delivered every day. It was before the days of ‘Thatcher the Milk Snatcher’ removed that privilege. This was very handy when making tea or coffee or to drink on its own. Every floor had a basic kitchen area with a hot plate. We used these for making toast as well as boiling water. I remember, also, having HP & ketchup sandwiches for supper if butter/margarine was in short supply. The Halls were centrally heated which was an alien concept to me at the time. I recall the pleasure on frosty mornings not having to place your hand on the window to get rid of the frost to see out!!
There were 2 dining rooms (lower and upper) for the two colleges. We usually went to the lower one and this is where I first experienced ‘Brunch’ which was provided at the weekends for all the late risers! The large student common room had a tea/coffee bar open during the day at one end. Next to this was the drinks bar open in the evenings (Beer was 1/11 a pint as decimalisation was not introduced until 1971). There was a shop at the other end of the common room selling a variety of goods.
In my fourth year I lived in the old convent opposite St Marys in Broadgate Lane. I believe it had been vacated by the nuns when they moved to new premises on campus. It was very big for us four students with lots of different rooms and a large garden. The heating was run by oil which was stored in a large tank at the side of the house. It even had a massive cellar!
Getting out and about
Very few of us had cars and I remember the joy of riding in a friends Riley 1.5 or was it a Wolseley? It had the luxury of leather seats. Another friend had a Ford van and many of us piled into the back for a welcome albeit bumpy ride. We rode to many places in the van like Manchester, Newcastle and the Lake District.
The Old Ball in Horsforth was the original with its maze of little rooms. I believe it was rebuilt in the early 70’s. Many a game of darts was played there and in the Queens which still looks the same today as it did in the late sixties. One student got a regular gig playing the guitar at the Black Bull and many of us would go to listen to him play. He also formed a band with other TASC students and they played at Cookridge Working Men’s Club. We went there to listen as well even to dance!!
We took trips to York, Harrogate and Knaresborough where we took boats out on the river. There were a few soakings needless to say! I remember going to cinemas in Leeds, Bradford and Yeadon. We watched classics such as ‘The Good, the Bad & the Ugly’; ‘Napoleon’ with Rod Steiger; the Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and Ryan’s Daughter. The love of the Silver Screen has stayed with me until this day.
Memories of teaching practice
My initial journey to College was on the train to Leeds and thence no. 55 West Yorkshire bus service to Horsforth. After that journeys to and from many places were done by ‘hitching’. It’s what everyone did then but I would have been horrified if my own children ‘hitched’ when they were away at College! It was a different time and as I said many fewer people had cars. Did our parents worry about us ‘hitching’? I never asked!
Long periods of teaching practice featured prominently in the curriculum. It certainly prepared us for the teaching life ahead. We were transported by coach/mini bus from campus to the centres of Leeds, Bradford and surrounding towns from whence we made our way to the schools. My first TP was in Mount St Mary’s Primary School, Richmond Hill in Leeds followed by a second at St Kevin’s Secondary Boy’s, Crossgates.
How things have changed
The biggest difference between students in the sixties and seventies compared with today has to be that our fees were paid by the State and we received maintenance grants. Society encouraged young people to study for public service then. That maxim seems to have disappeared today.
Many of us had debts when leaving College but nothing like the thousands of pounds students today have to repay to SLC. We lived in a meritocracy in those days but there has been a return to elitism over the years. I believe it is much more difficult for students nowadays in terms of paying their fees and maintaining themselves.
However, the reverse is true in terms of research and knowledge. There has been a digital revolution since 1960’s especially driven by the internet since 1990’s. Knowledge and facts are much easier to access which has led to vast changes in the way we gather and keep information. We had large box files in which to store our notes whilst today a simple memory stick will suffice!! Both the Stationary and Book trade have been in massive decline!! Despite the modern media revolution nothing will ever replace ‘face to face’ communication.
Returning for the 50th anniversary celebrations
Frank was reunited with former classmates during the 50th anniversary alumni celebrations.
My memories of Andrew Kean were of an avuncular figure seen frequently around the college. There were still only 600 students when I began in Sept. 1967 unlike the 3,500 plus at Trinity today. So the Principal was bound to be more of a ‘presence’ around the place. I can see now that he was also responsible for introducing many new ideas into the college curriculum to expand our horizons. These were highlighted in the College History display on show at the 50th anniversary celebrations. Sister Augusta Maria was seen in a similarly fond fashion. The ‘Prefect of Studies’ as Joyce would say in ‘Portrait of the Artist’ was Sister Anna Maria remembered by many for her strict disciplinarian stance. Doc Bottomley was also on this authoritarian side and he was a respected Tutor on the History of Education option. You never ‘forgot’ to complete one of his seminar papers!! Perhaps the task of discipline befell them both by the nature of being Deputies. There are many schools run on similar lines!