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TitleOral history interview with Mrs Stephanie Merry on 14 January 2016
Date14 January 2016
Extent1 wav file and 1 transcript
Name of CreatorUniversity of Surrey, Alumni and Development Department
Genekanwa, Sophie
Merry, Stephanie
DescriptionInterview conducted by Sophia Genekanwa.

00:00-00:35: Introduction

00:35-02:08: Gender imbalance: One other girl on course; Jim Reed, Jim Morris, Brian Murphy

02:08-04:43: Campus: recalls Guildford was green and open with smart new buildings; a few lectures in Battersea, recalls lunches in public house; describes lack of communication about move; recalls lack of curtains in halls of residence; remembers electrical failure in lecture theatre

04:43-06:36: Industrial Placement: Technical company in Germany; mentions language barrier; Hanover steelworks; met up with other students in Germany and went skiing;

06:36-09:36: Metallurgy Course: mixed course; four days in Guildford studying Metallurgy; remembers German lectures on Fridays in Battersea College, recalls bus provided for 12 students out of 15; lift in van from Mike Middleton and Jim Morris

09:36-12:23: University Events: mentions Pram Race, sponsored walk from Battersea to Guildford, 1969; folk group; grateful to have had grants to pay for tuition and maintenance; saved up for trip to America

12:23-13:28: Studying schedule: describes timetable; lectures in morning, practicals in afternoon; full day of lectures in Battersea on Fridays;

13:28-14:58: Inspirational characters: lecturer who told students to read his book; Pete continued Doctoral Degree in Metallurgy for seven years;

14:58-15:51: Graduation: ceremony at Guildford Cathedral; recalls reception with warden;

15:51-22:49: Surrey experience: contrasts experience to studying at University of Southampton; recalls only Surrey and Loughborough did combined language and technology course when started; recalls sports facilities at Surrey during that time; recalls returning to University of Surrey as a lecturer

44:51 - End
Administrative HistoryStephanie Merry graduated in June 1972 having studied Metallurgy with Regional Studies (German).
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