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

00:00-01:39: Introduction

01:39-09:04: Why Battersea College? Began part time course at Battersea College after National service; recalls transfer to full time course with grant from county council; part time study in evenings and day release; mentions Polish University; International Evening; describes Battersea Park fair in 1951 for centenary of Great Exhibition, Dome of Discovery;
Stayed at Battersea College as lecturer; taught in French to Metallurgy and Humanities

09:04-15:23: Trips Abroad: describes Metallurgy trip to Moscow, visited Academy of Sciences, not able to visit production plants, University of Moscow, Bolshoi ballet; remembers trip to Italian Association for Metallurgy, Milan, motorworks, sewing machine factory; Trip to Dusseldorf, Dr Macoviak [Mackowiak?], studied blast furnaces and metalworks, Max Planck Institute;

15:23-19:54: Move to Guildford: describes planning process; Peter McVeigh, Electrical Engineering lecturer, planned transfer of students; moved to live in Cranleigh, expenses paid; describes seeing Stag Hill campus being built; recalls lecture from developer showing plans; mentions lifts in Senate House; recalls reception from local residents

19:54-22:31: Mix of Students: Indians, Polish, Americans, Australians; quite diverse for the time; improved understanding of different cultures; appreciating different music; international concerts

22:31-28:02: Inspirational Characters: student demonstrations; David Varney; Istvan Toth, Hungarian; Michael Newey, heir to needle company; Peter Miodownik, head of Metallurgy

28:02-29:56: Accommodation: Lived at home, Ickenham West; saw Clapham Common halls of residence; Collin Grove; Nine Elms

29:56-35:04: Course: recalls practical demonstrations were very good; mentions Peter Miodownik, good lecturer; John Mokoviak [Macoviak?], thermodynamics lecturer; Victor Kingswood, iron and steel lecturer; Edwin Tate Memorial Library, old fashioned interior; examinations at Royal School of Mines

35:04-38:46: Fun memories: Mostly male course, describes gender balance; many more social occasions, pantomime; Stephanie Merry, skiing, Germany

38:48 - End
Administrative HistoryMr Jim Reed is a graduate of London University, then City University of London, and an employee of the University of Surrey. He began as an assistant lecturer at Battersea before being appointed as lecturer in the Department of Metallurgy. Graduated in 1962.
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