The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leicester, Dr Kenneth Edwards, and his wife, Mrs Janet Edwards, have said farewell to the University and the people of Leicester at a special reception held in their honour.
The Lord Mayor of Leicester, Councillor Phil Swift, was among those who attended a farewell party held on campus. Dr Edwards who retired as Vice-Chancellor on September 30, told over 150 friends and colleagues from the University and beyond of the 'extraordinarily happy memories of 12 wonderful years here at Leicester'.
Dr Edwards said: "Leicester has played a significant part in the development of higher education with massive growth. What has impressed me enormously is the way the University has adapted in a positive way to the changes.
"In adapting to the new world, we have not lost sight of what a University is all about - a respect for research and an enthusiasm to disseminate knowledge and understanding.
"The success of the University depends on the creativity, dedication and commitment of its staff - I have been privileged to see so many examples of this at Leicester."
Dr Edwards also looked beyond the University at the role of the University in the community, mentioning the University's involvement in Common Purpose, City Challenge and the creation of the Richard Attenborough Centre and the National Space Science Centre as examples of the successful partnerships with the city and county.
Janet Edwards, deputy director of the Centre for Citizenship Studies in the School of Education, recalled how they never looked back after arriving in Leicester from Cambridge: "My parents lived in Leicester, it was a place we knew well - and we had visited countless numbers of times."
The couple will retire to Cambridge although Dr Edwards will continue with his role as the president of the Association of European Universities.
Among the many gifts presented to the couple was a specially commissioned portrait of Dr Edwards by artist Bryan Organ which will be placed in the University's Council Chamber.
Dr Edwards is succeeded by Professor Robert Burgess who takes over as Vice-Chancellor on October 1.
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