Professor Tom Vincent was honoured today in a KMi tribute ceremony which marked the opening of the Vincent Wing. The wing, Berrill Level 4 South, houses Professor Vincent’s Multimedia Enabling Technogies Group and the newly-funded Wolfson Centre for New Media. As co-founder and Deputy Director of KMi, Professor Vincent has enjoyed 6 years of substantial achievements and growth which cap a lifetime career of internationally-acclaimed research in new enabling technologies for learners. The hallmark phrase of Vincent’s work was “All learners have needs… some have special needs,” highlighting his commitment to the needs of students with disability, as well as the needs-driven approach which proved to be of such great benefit to all learners touched by his visionary work.
The tribute ceremony included the cutting of a giant ‘iMac cake’ complete with KMi logo on its screen and the presentation of the signs labelling the Vincent Wing. Also handed over to Professor Vincent were some custom-stitched KMi flags to replicate his personal KMi flag that adorned the original KMi hut in 1995.
Professor Vincent is due to retire in the spring of 2001, and the occasion today marked the beginning of a fresh period of his ongoing activities, including the next phase of Vincent’s prestigious Millennium Award CLUTCH Clubs project.