Homerton College has officially become the University of Cambridge’s newest self-governing full College.

On Friday 12th March Sir David Harrison, the Chairman of the Homerton Board of Trustees, formally handed the Royal Charter to the Principal and Fellows of the College

Homerton College has its origins in Homerton in east London, dating back to the late 17th century.

It moved to Cambridge as a mixed teacher-training college in 1894, taking over the buildings of a failing Cavendish College.

After three-quarters of a century in Cambridge it became an Approved Society of the University in 1976, its students being matriculated to take the B.Ed degree in the Education Tripos.

From 2001, it has been diversifying from teacher-training and now has 600 undergraduate members studying all the Cambridge Triposes, except medicine and veterinary medicine, and 500 postgraduates, the majority of whom take the PGCE, maintaining the College’s former role as the foremost teacher-training college in England.

Homerton is the most southerly of the Cambridge colleges and one of the largest.

The Principal, Dr Kate Pretty, who has combined her role as Head of House with being Chairman of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences and, more recently, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for International Strategy in the University, said: “We are delighted to have finally reached this stage of recognition by the University and the Privy Council, which marks the College’s coming-of-age after 115 years in Cambridge. We are proud of our long tradition in Education and look forward to taking a full-part in Collegiate Cambridge”.

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