Lots of people in the past will have used to university through Ucca (the Universities Central Council on Admissions), however couple of will understand the male behind the signature that appeared on every approval and rejection letter. That male was my dad, Ronald Kay, who has actually passed away aged99 He ran Ucca from its creation till his retirement in 1985.
Ronald was assistant registrar at Leeds University throughout the 1950 s. At that time, the application system was disorderly and the proposed university growth of the early 60 s declared an immediate requirement for reform. My dad saw computerisation as the service to the issue. With the aid of a computer system, countless punched cards and a commercial size copy machine, the Ucca group presented the brand-new system as a pilot in 1963, with an effective nationwide roll-out in 1964.
Each university was a self-governing organization, running its own application system, and happy with its distinctions. Getting them to concur typical application and choice procedures was a significant endeavor. This substantial functional modification was presented with no of the failures we often see today in big IT improvement.
Ronald guaranteed the trainee was viewed as a specific– universities were still able to evaluate prospects’ individual strengths together with their scholastic accomplishments. The initial system stood the test of time and would be acknowledged by existing candidates who now use through Ucas (the Universities and Colleges Admission Service).
He was born in Sheffield, to Might (nee Friskney), a piano instructor, and Ernest Kay, a cutler. After grade school, Ronald won a scholarship to study English at Sheffield University. He invested the 2nd world war years arranging Atlantic convoys in the Ministry of Shipping. Then, in 1945, he signed up with the British Control Commission in Hanover. By opportunity he was billeted in your house of a young German lady, Brigitte Albert. They wed in 1949.
Ronald was selected OBE in 1985 for his services to universities.
He had a long, pleased marital relationship to Brigitte, who passed away in February. Regardless of frailty in his aging, he kept a twinkle in his eye, and took a fantastic interest in the lives and professions of his 6 kids, Barbara, Michael, Robert, Richard, Eleanor and me, and the lots of grandchildren and excellent grandchildren who endure him: “A lot of to count”.
He was a real gentleman– his intelligence, stability, humour and positivity endured till completion.