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Pax Christi chairman to head Birmingham college

A QUAKER-founded college in Selly Oak, Birmingham is reopening in September with a Catholic as its new principal.

Mr Brian Wicker, chairman of Pax Christi, sees his leadership of the liberal Studies college, to be a "logical extension" of the traditions of both Pax Christi and of the college's Quaker founders in its aim of educating for peace.

Fircroft is reopening after a five-year closure due to financial problems. It has been given a grant by the Department of Educationand Science. It will be resuming its work of educating adults in areas like politics, economies, social studies and industrial relations.

Fircroft has a long association with the trade union movement and Mr Wicker spoke enthusiastically about the link, "The trade union example is a very practical contribution to our studies giving a wider view of working for peace and cooperation in-the world of work and international politics," he said. Iwo other Catholics will take up proniinant positions. Dr . Mary Hall will lecture in the Mission Department and Mr Peter Houghton will head Social Studies.

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