In early March 2015 District Judge Robin Chaudhuri came back to the University of Northampton to give an inspiring talk to a group of current students. After Judge Chaudhuri graduated from the institution when it was Nene College in 1986 with a BA in Combined Honours, he continued to focus his attention on the Law aspect that he began here.
By 1988 Judge Chaudhuri was called to the Bar and a mere 11 years later, was appointed as Deputy District Judge. Since 2008 Judge Chaudhuri has been a full time District Judge and now resides over Peterborough Combined Court. Judge Chaudhuri was greeted at the University of Northampton by the Head of the Programme areas: Law and History, Mick Sumpter. Mick taught Judge Chaudhuri and recalled that he was a part of the first cohort who ever studied a Law module at the Institution. In the 1980’s Law was only available as a module option, unlike today where students are able to study a full Bachelors in Law.
Judge Chaudhuri commented: “The University of Northampton was the first step in a lengthy process to where I am now. My initial grounding in the law was established at Northampton, which was a useful spring board for what was to follow,” When asked what his ambitions were before he attended the University of Northampton, he said: “I was hoping to run a leisure centre, but my wife who is also an alumnus of the University and was my then girlfriend, suggested that Law may serve me better.” Whilst Judge Chaudhuri explored the Campus before his talk commenced, he was in awe of the changes that were so apparent around the University. He also noted that things had stayed almost exactly the same, such as his old room that he poked his head in to and so fondly remembered. “This place was a great to study at with a great social life. I participated in numerous sports alongside my studies including; football, badminton, swimming, athletics and volleyball.” It is clear that Judge Chaudhuri gained a full round experience during his time here and was a solid base for his career success,. Healso commented that the University can enable you for “a great chance of getting a job.” Judge Chaudhuri concluded: “I have no academic or employment related ambitions. At present I am assisting Peterborough United in establishing a Ladies football team. My ambition would be to take our existing ladies and play in the Women’s Super League.”