7 – The Challenge of the Future – Physical Education for the Nineties
Discovery Trail 7 (Eastern Gateway Building Display Cabinets, University Archives)
The West London Institute of Higher Education (WLIHE) was formed following the merger of Borough Road College, Maria Grey College and Chiswick Polytechnic in 1976. It merged with Brunel University in 1995.
The University has a long and distinguished sporting history beginning at Borough Road College, then at the West London Institute of Higher Education, and now at Brunel. It began at Borough Road College when P.A. Barnett was appointed as the new Principal in 1888. He was a firm believer in the benefits of sport and encouraged games to be played every afternoon. By 1890s, the College games included association and rugby football, cricket, field sports and rowing on the Thames for those who could swim. Over the years, the University has won many trophies with many students receiving international honours, including Olympic medals.
The School of Physical Education and Sport at the West London Institute of Higher Education has a longstanding reputation for the training of teachers of Physical Education. It was one of only six DFE accredited UK institutions that offered Physical Education specialist courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.