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Wye's welcome for overseas students


9 February 2001

Wyes close links with its international community were underlined with the official opening last week (1 February) of the Diana Prescott Room.

The Room, in Old Vicarage Gardens, was formerly known as the Families Common Room. Since its opening 12 years ago, it has become a popular meeting place for Imperial College at Wyes overseas students and their families, for activities ranging from weekly coffee mornings to English lessons and childrens parties.

The Room was officially re-opened following extensive refurbishment at the end of last year. It has been re-named in honour of Diana Prescott - wife of the former Principal of Wye College, Prof. John Prescott - who helped found the Room and played a key part in its ongoing success. The opening ceremony, attended by members of Dianas family and other villagers who have helped with the Room, included the unveiling of a commemorative plaque.

Provost of Imperial College at Wye, Prof. Tim Clark commented: "The new name is a fitting tribute to someone who has devoted so much time and energy to ensuring overseas students and their families are welcomed to and feel at home in Wye. We are confident that the refurbished room will underline and continue the close links between the College, the village and our international community."

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