Leading philosopher welcomed back to Collyer’s

Ed Tattersall and Angie Hobbs - no surprises who was a Head Prefect in 1979/80. Picture by student reporter Hannah Cruz SUS-150709-153441001

Ed Tattersall and Angie Hobbs - no surprises who was a Head Prefect in 1979/80. Picture by student reporter Hannah Cruz SUS-150709-153441001

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Distinguished former Collyer’s student Angie Hobbs, currently Professor of Public Understanding of Philosophy at the University of Sheffield, visited Collyer’s recently, as part of the Humanity Faculty’s Careers Day.

She spoke to students of classics and philosophy about ‘The Ethics of Flourishing and Virtue’ and about career opportunities for graduates of Philosophy.

Angie’s visit was hosted by James McClelland, subject leader for philosophy and Ed Tattersall, subject leader for classics, who, as a very young teacher in the late 1970s taught her Latin and prepared her for entrance to Cambridge University.

Angie Hobbs was thrilled to be back: “It’s an utterly happy experience, as well as moving. Just being in touch with your youthful self and confronting my youthful self. It’s just extraordinary and thrilling!”

Angie was happy to field questions from the students and, 30 years after leaving Collyer’s, she really enjoyed a tour of the college with Principal, Sally Bromley.

Sally Bromley said: “It was our pleasure to welcome Angie back to Collyer’s after such a long time! I knew we would have lots in common as she had chosen Patti Smith’s ‘Because the Night’ on Desert Island Discs. Her inspiring presentation was hugely appreciated by James, Ed and all of the students and we hope that we don’t have to wait 30 years for the next visit!”

The students really enjoyed Angie’s visit. Felicity Palmer found it ‘absolutely fascinating’ and Jake Stainwright said it was ‘completely eye opening.’

Remembering her time at Collyer’s, Angie Hobbs said: “There were superb teachers who cared about the student’s academia. They gave us self-belief as well as encouragement. Ed Tattersall was definitely an inspiration!”

Pictured is Ed Tattersall with Angie Hobbs – who was a Head Prefect in 1979/80.

Report by student reporter, Selina Polat. Picture by student reporter, Hannah Cruz.