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Fourth University nursery held an official opening ceremony

Colleagues from the University gathered with the staff and children of the Chris Abell day nursery for a formal opening ceremony on 13 June. Guests were treated to a song performed by the children and tours of the nursery.

The nursery has been operating since January 2022, providing a new, purpose-built nursery setting for staff and students of the University and Homerton College. It is the fourth University nursery, helping to provide quality early years childcare to support parents and carers who are both working and studying here.

The nursery was named in honour of Chris Abell, who was its most enthusiastic champion. Along with his pioneering academic work, his role as Pro-Vice-Chancellor, and his teaching, he was the driving force behind the nursery.

Officially opening the nursery, the Vice-Chancellor, Stephen Toope, said: “Throughout his career, Chris was a tireless supporter of staff and researchers, and it is an appropriate tribute to his work to now see children learning, playing and growing here. It is particularly touching to be able to open it in his name.”

The Vice-Chancellor also offered his thanks to those who have contributed to the nursery: to Chris, to his family for being here, and to the childcare office team, nursery board and childcare committees (staff and students), and to the Kids Planet team who are operating the nursery.

Staff and students who wish to apply for a place at one of the University nurseries can access further information here: Application process | Childcare Office (


15 June 2022