This book provides an account of the University of Manchester's struggle to meet the government's demands for the rapid expansion of higher education in the 1950s and the 1960s. It looks at the University's ambitious building programme: the controversial attempts to reform its constitution and improve its communications amid demands for greater democracy in the workplace, the struggle to retain its old pre-eminence in a competitive world where new ‘green field’ universities were rivalling older civic institutions. The book tells the story, not just from the point of view of administrators and academics, but also from those of students and support staff (such as secretaries, technicians and engineers). It not only uses official records, but also student newspapers, political pamphlets and reminiscences collected through interviews.
This book is very much a group effort and without the insights provided by its contributors it would certainly not have come to fruition. Where authors have wanted to thank individuals for providing support they have had the opportunity to do so at the end of their chapter. As the general editor I personally would like to extend my particular thanks to Ryan Johnson for providing the impetus to start this book and for acting as a very good sounding board for its ideas. I also thank my colleagues within the sub-discipline of medical history, many of whom, whether they know it or not (!), directly helped to further my ideas for this book through their ever-incisive questioning. In this regard, I would like to particularly thank Sanjoy Bhattacharya, Pratik Chakrabarti and Jim Mills. My grateful thanks are extended too to the anonymous reviewer of this manuscript; they provided fabulously useful and constructive feedback and this book is very much improved directly because of their astute commentary. I also want to say a collective thank you to all the staff at MUP who made the production of this book possible, as well as the numerous librarians and archivists that assisted me over the past couple of years. I am very proud that all of the papers presented in this book are the result of fresh archival research and I genuinely feel that, both collectively and individually, they offer timely advances in our understanding of colonial medical history.
Finally, on a personal note, I thank David Greenwood who, as well as being my lovely Dad, is surely my shrewdest, yet most supportive, academic critic. I dedicate this book to him as well as to the entirely wonderful Sarb and the ever-witty Otto. These exceptional individuals comprise my precious family and make my life immeasurably richer every day through their unfailing love and good humour.