Salter Sterling was born in Belfast, and gained his early education locally. He graduated from Trinity College in 1960 with a degree in History and Political Science. He gives a brief account of his family’s connection with the college. He returned to Belfast on graduation, taking up a post as Irish Secretary of the Students Christian Movement at Queen’s University. He later became warden at Gurteen Agricultural College, remaining there until 1975, when he returned to Trinity College as a member of staff. His instructions from the Provost were that he concentrate exclusively on producing a formula by which Trinity could grant degrees to students at Kevin Street and Bolton Street. That formula was to be in place by 11th July of that year. He discusses the breaking down of barriers at that time, and the reasons why Trinity opted for this arrangement. He also discusses the timescale involved, and the reasons for the success of the arrangement.