Fireworks finale for Keele's 50th anniversary celebrations

Posted on 03 December 2012

Fireworks and lasers lit up the Students' Union Building and Union Square as alumni, students, staff, local residents and civic dignitaries gathered to see the first lighting of the Forest of Light.

The unveiling of the sculpture by Pro Chancellor Malcolm Peckham marked the completion of a major project to transform the heart of the campus, the £2.7 million overhaul of the Students’ Union building into a superb social hub and the grand finale of Keele 50th Anniversary year.

The walk-through installation - designed by Diane Maclean to commemorate Keele’s 50th Anniversary - reflects the open nature of the University, its many disciplines and the different backgrounds and countries around the world from which students are drawn. Cluster lights set in the ground shine through and reflect on the many angled surfaces of the columns.

The Pro Chancellor revealed that an anonymous alumni had donated £25,000 towards the cost of the sculpture and the rest had come from the Keele Key fund. The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Nick Foskett described the installation as “absolutely fantastic”. He said: “We are delighted with the re-modelling of Union Square, the installation of the Forest of Light and the renovation of the Students’ Union.”

Earlier former SU and AU President Neil Smith, with current SU President Joe Turner, performed the opening ceremony for the remodelled ground floor of the Students' Union Building.
Neil said: “It is terrific to see so many people here and it gives me great please to declare this newly refurbished Students’ Union open – it is a fantastic centre that will enhance the student experience at Keele.”

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