Nottingham: A History of Britain's Global University

June 2016
275 colour, 172 black and white illustrations
564 pages
24.7x17.7 cm
ISBN: 9781783271214
Format: Hardback
Boydell Press
BISAC HIS015000, HIS037070, EDU016000

Nottingham: A History of Britain's Global University

John Beckett

A fascinating account of the Nottingham story, from its origins as a small college earliest days to the worldwide university of today.
The University College of Nottingham opened in 1881, funded by Nottingham Corporation, and on land in the centre of the town. It expanded in student numbers and in the courses available, and in 1928 it moved to a new site at Highfields, three miles west of Nottingham city centre, given by the pharmaceutical entrepreneur Jesse Boot. In 1948, after much lobbying, the University College was awarded a Royal charter, allowing it to award its own degrees. Student numbers grew through the 1950s and 1960s, but speeded up with the opening of the Medical School in 1977, and then in conjunction with subsequent government policy. New campuses were opened: Jubilee in 1999, Kings Meadow in 2004, Derby Medical School also in 2004, and Malaysia and China the following year, 2005. Today it has roughly 44,000 students globally, of whom about half are from outside of the United Kingdom.
The book traces these developments, but with particular emphasis on students, and what it has been like to study at Nottingham since the 1880s. Based on the university's own sources, including oral testimony, and consistently placing local events in their national and international context, the book provides a detailed and entertaining history.

John Beckett is Professor of English Regional History at the University of Nottingham.
Keywords: Modern History

Table of Contents

Foundations, 1881-1914
University Park, 1914-45
The new university and post-war expansion
Post-Robbins expansion and the Medical School
The Long View 1979-2015
University Park
Sutton Bonington and the Medical School
Internationalisation: Malaysia and China
Management and Governance
Teaching and Learning
People: Students
People: Staff
Sources and Acknowledgements


Valuable to historians of education. HISTORY OF EDUCATION

A terrific new history that covers the university's growth and distinctive development. With strong coverage of student life and the development of Nottingham's international campus, plus lots of pictures, it really is rather good. TIMES HIGHER EDUCATION