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.
We acknowledge the generous funding support of the Australian Research Council and the period of collegial collaboration of Robert Reynolds. We also thank Jane Carey, Zoe Laidlaw, Hannah Robert and Christina Twomey for their valuable research assistance at various stages of the project, and the postgraduate and staff members of the Colonialism Reading Group. This work was greatly helped by the supportive atmosphere of the Department of History at the University of Melbourne and the School of Arts and Sciences (Victoria) at the Australian Catholic University. We are also indebted to the librarians and staff of the Public Record Office, Kew Gardens; the British Library and the Women’s Library (formerly the Fawcett Library), London; the Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington; the National Archives of Canada and the Institute of Canadian Studies at the University of Ottawa; the State Library of Victoria, the Battye Library, Western Australia, and the Mitchell Library, New South Wales.
This book has been a collaborative endeavour by the four authors, who consulted each other on its major elements. Primary responsibility for individual chapters was distributed as follows: Julie Evans, the Introduction; David Philips and Patricia Grimshaw, chapter 1; Shurlee Swain, chapters 2 and 5; Patricia Grimshaw, chapters 3 and 6; Julie Evans and David Philips, chapters 4 and 7; David Philips, the Conclusion.