New college building is named in honour of Bedford suffragette

Joining Richard at the official opening was Bedford College Principal and CEO Ian Pryce CBE and Katrina O'Brien, Assistant Director responsible for  SLDD (Students with Learning Difficulties/Disabilities).
Joining Richard at the official opening was Bedford College Principal and CEO Ian Pryce CBE and Katrina O'Brien, Assistant Director responsible for SLDD (Students with Learning Difficulties/Disabilities).

A new college building has been named in honour of a Bedford suffragette who campaigned for education and equality.

MP Richard Fuller officially opened the new £2million Stansfeld Building at Bedford College.

It is named in honour of Margaret Stanfeld who campaigned for women to be included in education and political life.

She founded the first Bedford college, which was a specialist centre for the training of PE teachers. In 1976 her college, along with the Bedford Training Centre and Mander FE College became Bedford College of Higher Education.

Mr Fuller said: “It is a delight for me to be able to open this building which demonstrates how Bedford College is continuing the work of its founder Margaret Stansfeld in ensuring inclusion for all in education.”

The building, in St Mary’s Street, will provide a specialist hub for students aged 16 plus with learning difficulties.

College principal Ian Pryce CBE said: “We wanted to honour a woman passionate about equality and social mobility.”