Reverend Richard Coles and Prof. Nick Petford look at their past, and the country’s future

Written by on May 28, 2020

In a special one-off show, Reverend Richard Coles and Prof. Nick Petford, chancellor and vice-chancellor of the University of Northampton respectively, spoke about their musical histories as well as the future of education.

“The real challenge for universities, and this is one of the reasons why I’m proud to be associated with the University of Northampton, is that there is going to be a need for innovation, creativity and imagination following the pandemic, and it will be interesting to see how they mobilise to meet this demand,” said Rev. Coles.

Prof Petford is pleased to see the way the University has already adapted to life in lockdown and is now looking to future ways of working.

He said: “I think that things will change permanently in the way we work at the University. Perhaps in the way we teach students, using far more technology based applications. There’s innovation in that approach, so I am sure this is something that is positive that is coming out of the situation we are now in.”

Prof. Petford and Rev. Coles have a lot of respect for music, as it has been a large part of their lives. The former was in a South Coast punk band in the 1970s, while the latter found chart success with The Communards in the 1980s.


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