Ex pupil will open new college building

Nick Burnham, vice principal at Carmel College , has been appointed principal designate at Cardinal Newman College, Preston..

Nick Burnham, vice principal at Carmel College , has been appointed principal designate at Cardinal Newman College, Preston..

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A Preston college is enlisting the support of a former pupil who is now a vet, to open it’s latest state-of-the-art development.

Cardinal Newman alumni Emily Gascoigne will officially open a new building dedicated to St Francis, the patron saint of animals.

Emily, joined Cardinal Newman from Leyland St Mary’s Catholic High School in 2004, before heading off 
to Murray Edwards College 
at the University of Cambridge to study Veterinary Science.

After graduating, she completed an internship with the Royal Veterinary College, based in a private practice with Synergy Farm Health.

She said: “My time at Cardinal Newman College provided me with the supportive environment needed to achieve my high academic goals.

“I was provided with pastoral and academic support from tutors and teaching staff who I credit today with my achievements.

“Whilst also being a nurturing environment, its location and ethos also promoted maturity, team work, organisation, punctuality and respect; all essential criteria in the work place and in the community.”

The St Francis Building, which was opened to students in September, will officially be opened on Wednesday January 27.

Bishop Michael Campbell will also be attending the event to formally bless the building.

It is the latest in a string of new facilities at the Lark Hill campus, which is consistently ranked among the nation’s cream - among the top three in the country and is currently the top non selective college of it’s kind in the region

Principal Nick Burnham said: “We wanted the new building to be officially opened by one of the College’s many successful alums, and Emily is just that.

“As Emily is a practicing vet and St Francis is the patron saint of animals and the natural environment, it seemed fitting that she open the brand new building at Cardinal Newman.

The latest addition to Cardinal Newman’s city centre facilities, is home to new state-of-the-art classrooms for sociology and maths, as well as housing a coffee shop and open learning spaces for students to use in their free time.