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.
Progress and pathology is the product of a large European Research Council project, ‘Diseases of Modern Life: Nineteenth-Century Perspectives’, led by Sally Shuttleworth and funded from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme ERC Grant Agreement number 340121. We are extremely grateful to the ERC for making this research possible, and for giving us the freedom and the time to develop our ideas over the past five and a half years. The project has involved a large team of researchers and we have benefitted immensely from years of interdisciplinary research and collaboration, as well as from the lively programme of seminars, workshops, and conferences run by the project. The chapters in this volume are the outcome of a two day interdisciplinary conference on medicine and modernity which took place at St Anne's College, Oxford in 2016, and we are grateful to all our interlocutors at this early stage, and team members Amelia Bonea and Jennifer Wallis who helped organise the conference. Profuse thanks are also owed to St Anne's College, Oxford, who have housed the project since its inception, and been an endless source of practical and intellectual support.