Homerton College gained recognition as a ‘full College’ of the University late on Friday afternoon, 6 February 2009, with approval to seek a Royal Charter. This is a major event in the College’s 200-year approx 300-year history. Not much news about it yet except on the College website news page:
At 4.00pm on Friday 6 February, the University gave approval by Grace to Homerton College to seek a Royal Charter. Homerton hopes that this can be done by the end of the year and within the University’s 800th anniversary.
Homerton, formerly a teacher-training college, has been in Cambridge since 1894 and its students and staff have been University members for over 30 years but, as an Approved Society…
And a similar but longer item on the University news web pages: Homerton set to become Cambridge’s ‘newest’ College, 10 February 2009. Also see these earlier items anticipating the event:
Varsity (Cambridge student newspaper): Homerton ‘ready’ to become newest College, 16 January 2009 – which, incidentally, refers to our Principal Kate Pretty as ‘Kate Perry’.
Cambridge News (local daily newspaper): College hopes to have 100-year wish granted, 22 December 2008.
Cambridge University Reporter: Report of the Council on Homerton College, 17 December 2008.
UPDATE: This week’s Cambridge University Reporter (no. 6138/vol. CXXXIX no. 18, Wednesday 28 January 2009) has a bit about Homerton College, Report of discussion Tuesday 20 January 2009, including words by Kate Pretty (you need to scroll right down almost to the end of the page). On another page, Graces submitted to the Regent House on 28 January 2009, is one short sentence recommending that full College status be approved (point 3).