Brenda Arthur attended City College Norwich over a number of years from 1969 to the mid-90’s. During this time she was both a Higher Education student and a member of staff.
A variety of qualifications……
During Brenda’s time as a student she studied for a variety of qualifications. These included a HND in Microbiology, Youth Work training and a Diploma in Management Studies.
After completing these, she returned as a part time tutor for the CMS as well as for the Diploma in Social Work.
A significant memory Brenda told us was:
“I recall a large light bulb I was using as part of an experiment for my Social Biology exam blowing up (I still managed to pass)!
I was pregnant during this period of study. My son was just 3 weeks old when I took the exam!”
Brenda advises that it has been interesting over decades of studying at CCN to see how it has changed in order to keep abreast of changes in the environment.
“The outstanding memory I have of the college is of my fellow students. We worked together to help each other do the best we could. That spirit of collaboration was to be useful to me in my working career and as a politician!”
City College to City Council and back again!
Brenda went on to say
“I was working at the Food Research Institute when I first studied at CCN. After completing my HND I had two sons and returned to work for the City Council as a community worker. It was while there that I did my Youth Work training. Later I became an Activities Promoter for the City Council, organising a range of recreational activities run by older people, for older people.
I moved on from this to be the Chief Executive of Age Concern Norwich, a post I held for 17 years! During this time I returned to CCN to study for my DMS. I also served as a director of the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.
Following my retirement I was elected as a City Councillor: firstly taking on the role of cabinet member for Housing before then becoming Leader of the City Council. It was here that the soft skills of collaboration learned through my studies came into their own.
I stepped down as Leader after 4 years and was elected as Lord Mayor of Norwich. During this time I had the privilege of presenting awards to CCN students at a congregation in the Cathedral and had the opportunity to share with them my experiences of CCN, spanning 4 decades!”