A campaign is being launched to find thousands of "lost" graduates. The University of Bedfordshire is initially targeting its "Where are you now?" campaign in the local area, where it believes many alumni may still be living. The aim is to reconnect with graduates of the various institutions that preceded the university's formation in 1993. Luton Technical Institute was founded in 1937 and became the Luton College of Technology in 1958. In 1976, it merged with Putteridge Bury College of Education to form the Luton College of Higher Education. The academic roots of the university's Bedford campus reach back to the Bedford Training College for Teachers and the Bedford Physical Training College.