Incursion from Oxford

Professor Geoffrey Ward, welcomes the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford and a group of cyclists from Harris Manchester

The Principal welcomed the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford and a group of cyclists from Harris Manchester College on Monday 12th September.

Eight fellows, including Harris Manchester’s Principal Rev. Dr Ralph Waller, cycled alongside Vice-Chancellor, Professor Louise Richardson to complete an 85 mile cycle ride from Oxford to Cambridge. Setting off at 6.30am on the Monday, the cyclists rode for a total of 11 hours before arriving at Homerton, the sister College to Harris Manchester. The event raised £1,000,000 in scholarship and bursary funds for Harris Manchester College, which provides both undergraduate and postgraduate study for mature students.

The visiting delegation from Oxford marked the friendship of the two Colleges by presenting a portrait of Charles Wellbeloved, a student of Homerton in the 1780s and Principal of Harris Manchester College from 1803 to 1840. The linked colleges have long supported each other and the Principal of Harris Manchester and of Homerton each hold honorary fellowships at their sister college.

The journey also emulated the scholars who travelled from Oxford in 1213, leading to the founding of the University of Cambridge.

Picture: Professor Geoff Ward, congratulates the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford and a group of cyclists from Harris Manchester. © Homerton College / Stephen Bond