1972-1973

1972—73
The College now consists of the main building, 22 laboratories, 10 workshops, 10 drawing offices, visual aids room, specialist and demonstration rooms, class rooms, general office, library, gymnasium, refectory, assembly hail and various departmental staff rooms.

The summary table, which shows the growth of the College up to the year 1965—66, also shows a decline in terms of student numbers up until 1972-73 (the most recent data available). However, due to the complicated combination of full time, block release, day release and evening courses, a more accurate picture of the growth of the College can be seen from the total number of student hours.

However, it can be seen that 1965-66 was a particularly high year in terms of numbers of students and student hours. This was probably due to the fact that many children of the post-War ‘bulge’ years (the latter 1940s) would have been of college age.

The data for 1970-71 shows a fall from this ‘peak level but there was a recovery in 1971-72. The fail in 1972-73 could, be the first signs of a continuing decrease in student numbers due to the reduction in the rate of popuilation growth, as a result of the development of reliable birth control methods and a greater awareness of the problems of the environment generally.

To end this study of the history of People’s College, I would like to quote from a report on the development of the College by Mr. W.W. Dixon, a former Principal:-

“The College will continue to play an ever-increasing part in the development of Technical Education and provide the best possible chance for the ‘young people of Nottingham and district to develop their own talents and contribute to the national well-being.”