Speaking at the event was Alan Titchmarsh MBE, Chancellor of the University of Winchester, gardener, author and presenter. He offered his congratulations to UMAL, and the success of the idea fostered by three, then four original universities.
Their example showed, he stated, that “when someone says, in the face of a problem, ‘they should do something about it’, there isn’t a them, there is only an us. Unless we grasp the nettle, nothing is going to happen.” Allan Guest, Chairman, also paid tribute to the pioneers who had the courage to establish the Mutual.
Reflecting on this special occasion, he said “it was very pleasing to see so many friends, past and present, who have contributed to the outstanding development of this mutual model for the HE sector. We look forward to the future with great optimism.”