This year sees the 50th anniversary of planning courses at Oxford Brookes University (and its predecessor the great Oxford Polytechnic). On 11 September 2015, staff past and present gathered at the home of Professor John Glasson, previous Head of the (then) School of Planning. Together with the current Head, Professor Georgia Butina Watson, they hosted a celebratory lunch to commemorate the occasion.
In its fifty years the Department of Planning has seen many staff and students through its doors. Originally the first course in planning studies was established in 1962, within the Department of Architecture in the Oxford College of Technology. A few years later, a separate Department of Town Planning was constituted and, by 1973, there were just under 100 postgraduates and just over 100 undergraduates studying on a range of courses at the newly named Oxford Polytechnic. These numbers increased to about 600 in total by the 1990s. The Department of Town Planning later became the School of Planning and then the Department of Planning. The School/Department has also moved locations around the campus - most latterly in the refurbished and extended Abercrombie Building.This year the Department of Planning joined with the Department of Real Estate and Construction to form the School of the Built Environment.
See if you can spot those attending from the photo collages. There's the list of the staff who were there underneath and those who gave their apologies.
Staff (past and present) who were there:Malcolm Airs
Georgia Butina Watson
Gina Dalton (Ennis-Reynolds)
Laura De Novo Azevedo
Lucy Murfett (Nichol)
Apologies were received from:Liz Cairncross