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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.

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Consultation and conditions

History, where proceedings were less decorous, debates were conducted with passion, and votes were often taken. The Department seemed, as a former professor had observed from his position in the chair, to resolve itself into those who turned red when they lost their tempers and those who went white when they lost their tempers. The inconsequential tone of some debates found a satirist in the departmental student newspaper, The Clarion, whose motto was ‘Backwards and Forwards with the People’. The writer conjured up all too vividly an imaginary debate on the compulsory

in A history of the University of Manchester 1973–90
Chinua Achebe’s critique of cosmopolitics

’s controversial and offensive advertisement, ‘Ten Reasons Why Reparations for Slavery is a Bad Idea for Blacks – and Racist Too’ was placed in student newspapers across US campuses in spring of 2001. Among its ‘reasons’ against reparations: ‘while white Europeans conducted the transAtlantic slave trade, Arabs and black Africans were responsible for enslaving the ancestors of African Americans’; the claim that African Americans economically benefited from slavery; the claim that ‘there was never an antislavery movement until white Anglo-Saxon Christians created one’, leading to

in Postcolonial contraventions
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Life and opinions

student newspaper, and with it of all the Union’s publicity; the other, of Events, including the chap 4 23/9/03 1:16 pm Page 77 The students: life and opinions 77 Introductory Week and most of the light entertainment which the Union subsequently provided. Four lesser officers, who did not enjoy sabbatical status, made up the rest of the Union Executive. They were the Internal Officer, the Postgraduate Officer, the Overseas Officer, and the Ordinary Officer without Portfolio. Apart from the Executive there was a much larger Union Council which had forty

in A history of the University of Manchester 1973–90
Defending Cold War Canada

denial of the validity of the democratic theory.’ Student newspapers were even more blunt. The University of British Columbia student newspaper the Daily Ubyssey (Vancouver), 3 November 1948, reported that the IODE, through its campaign, was inadvertently serving as a good publicist for the dean. Meanwhile, the 9 November 1948 editions of Varsity and the McGill Daily

in Female imperialism and national identity

by generosity towards those who came to their countries as students. Other more pragmatic arguments, urged in the Senate, in student newspapers and in some official publications, appealed to national self-interest: students educated in the United Kingdom would become influential figures in their own nations, promoting good will towards Britain, strengthening commercial ties and encouraging their countrymen to buy British products. Most telling, perhaps, was the contention that without the presence of overseas students the University would be unable to run certain

in A history of the University of Manchester 1973–90
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colleagues had taken the precaution of slipping into the Council Chamber an hour before the advertised time of the meeting. One student was charged with assaulting the police, but subsequently escaped with a light fine and costs; two others, according to the student newspaper, received hospital treatment for concussion sustained in the melée, and a third had an epileptic fit after being knocked down by a policeman. Frustrated, the students again occupied part of the main block while Senate was in session; receiving the news in the Council Chamber, the Vice-Chancellor cut

in A history of the University of Manchester 1973–90
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The autonomous life?

, the state and the housing corporations offered the couples social housing. During this same year, a university student newspaper featured an announcement that sought people to live in buildings in which a group of students had squatted. Although these buildings were evicted within a few months, there were reports of internal conflicts between the “legitimate residents,” who had organized the squatting of the buildings, and “illegitimate residents,” who moved in afterwards. With the exception of these

in The autonomous life?

the use of force against the students. [N]ewspaper and television stations, retired generals, university presidents, members of the National People’s Congress and the democratic parties, and even the All-China Federation of Trade Unions – expressed public sympathy for the student demands for negotiation, or donated money to the student hunger strikers’ while factory workers drove trucks to the square in solidarity. (Walder, 1996: 61) The declaration of martial law in Beijing was met with widespread resistance and

in Human rights and the borders of suffering