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VIDEO: Princess Anne officially opens new university library during royal visit to Lincoln

By RButcher__LE  |  Posted: February 15, 2013

Princess Anne at Bishop Grosseteste University this morning

Princess Anne at Bishop Grosseteste University this morning

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Princess Anne has opened Bishop Grosseteste University's new £2.7 million library during her visit to Lincoln today. 

Her Royal Highness unveiled a plaque at the Cornerstone Building, in the university's Newport campus, this morning. 

The building was refurbished and extended at the end of last year and now houses the university's library and its student support and advice teams. 

After meeting with staff, students and dignitaries, the princess was then given a tour of the campus, including BG Futures, the university's business incubation centre. 

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And just before unveiling the plaque, she paid thanks to Bishop Grosseteste for investing in new facilities for its students. 

She said: "Libraries are absolutely fundamentally important to continue education. 

"Once you've got that as a habit and you've got that as a venue, you can do anything you want with it. The information is there and you can access it. 

"This is a huge step forward, so thank you for your investment, and I do hope lots and lots of people will use it."

The royal visit rounded off a momentous year for Bishop Grosseteste, which included its 150th birthday celebrations and being granted university status. 

Professor Muriel Robinson, the university's vice chancellor, said: "It's been brilliant but very scary having to walk Princess Anne around the campus and introduce her to everyone. 

"She showed a lot of interest, particularly in our students and business tenants in BG Futures. 

"She talked a lot about her views on education – being that universities are for gaining key life skills as well as going to lectures. 

"It's the first time we've had a royal visit in a long time and it couldn't have gone better. It's the perfect way to cap the last 12 months."

The princess also met with three student ambassadors, Simon Baker, 20, Chris Robertson, 21, and Lyndsey Metson, 23, about the work they undertake to encourage students to consider a university path. 

"It was a brilliant experience meeting Princess Anne and a once in a life time opportunity", said Mr Baker. 

"She talked a lot about the university and what we did with our student ambassador work."Mr Robertson said: "She was really interest and gave us her opinions on the role of education in society. 

"She said education is about learning life skills and she thinks it's being taken over by too much academia."

And Miss Metson added: "But we reassured her that we have a good balance here at Bishop Grosseteste."

Tom Law, 29, is the creative director of Creative Hope Studio and has been based in the business incubation hub for ten months.

Princess Anne also met with Mr Law and toured his offices to show how businesses are being set up and helped to grow by BG Futures. 

He explained: "I lined up with some of the other tenants in BG Futures and was introduced to her and one of the most successful businesses. 

"I invited her to come in the office and meet the staff and show her some of the work we do. 

"She was really easy to talk to and took a big interest in what we were doing and what we had to say."

Princess Anne also visited Lincoln College to open its new sports and leisure facility and this afternoon will take a tour of Lindum Business Park.

Her Royal Highness was greeted with crowds and waving flags when she arrived at the college, in Monk's Road, to open the new £8 million state-of-the-art Deans: Sports and Leisure building.

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  • NullSleep  |  February 18 2013, 7:32PM

    @Suzi. Degrees trump GCSE resits.

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  • Bolshie  |  February 15 2013, 9:12PM

    Suzi1 - I'm not sure I mentioned your particular mindset - you've leaped to an assumption as I was talking in quite general terms ('the mindset' as opposed to 'your mindset' is the clue) about something I consider a creeping malaise. You also do not know me - or you'd realise I actually have no real friends in Lincolnshire and certainly none that I know contribute to this site - much less how to organise enough of them (that cared) in a short space of time to rate down your comments. I do though have family amongst the Bishop Grosseteste alumni and know that they are justly proud of their alma mater, which is common amongst the many thousand other alumni. If you rationalise your immediate thoughts on the negative response to your comments you might just realise it is more likely you have possibly offended some of the university's many students or alumni - which is a far more likely scenario than an irritable old sod with no friends organising a campaign against your views!!

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  • InsideStory  |  February 15 2013, 6:29PM

    The event as passed and i don't think i missed anything spectacular.

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  • Suzi1  |  February 15 2013, 6:21PM

    The*...so sorry..I'm Disabled!

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  • Suzi1  |  February 15 2013, 6:20PM

    Well the Echo seemed to think the money aspect was worth the mention...so... so did I LOL...after all that's all the majority of people seem to care about is money! To be honest i could care less about he Money..I Just thought that the College Furthering the Education of our students was worth a better mention! And I'am glad to see That the Echo did make up for the lack earlier.Absolutely no need for your Acidic comments...or getting your pals to rate my comment down..how childish is that!

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  • Suzi1  |  February 15 2013, 6:10PM

    Bolshie...At first the College had a few lines. I felt they could have given more decent a mention..considering The college is a major part of Lincoln's life here. Yes, it has been fittingly made up for by better coverage. Thankyou Echo! The Money aspect frankly had nothing to do with it to be honest. And further more you do not know me (Thank God)..or My supposed Mindset..that is insulting! I was actually aiming my remarks at the very fleeting comments first made about the visit. And as for Mindsets...Hmmm Your name about says it all, How apt for you...Bolshie!

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  • Bolshie  |  February 15 2013, 3:06PM

    Suzi1 - the story headlined under 'opens library during visit to Lincoln' so I can't see why you're surprised it said less about opening a sports centre than it did a library. I'm also a bit surprised you appear to directly correlate the amount spent to the most good done and the 'visit worthiness' of a project - some of the most valuable projects actually cost very little. I for one abhor the mindset that measures success only in terms of amount spent!

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  • RButcher__LE  |  February 15 2013, 2:56PM

    This story is ongoing and more information is to come. We're currently awaiting comment from Lincoln College with regards to their visit.

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  • Suzi1  |  February 15 2013, 2:30PM

    Lincoln College i believe has spent about 7Million! Big difference!

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  • Suzi1  |  February 15 2013, 2:29PM

    Lincoln College has spent far more than Bishop Grosseteste has in improving the College for its students..and yet it is only given a one paragraph mention ?! I find that disgusting, and very insulting.

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