Universities in the Age of Reform, 1800–1870

Durham, London and King’s College

  • Matthew Andrews

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Matthew Andrews
    Pages 1-23
  3. Matthew Andrews
    Pages 43-74
  4. Matthew Andrews
    Pages 75-108
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    Pages 109-145
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    Pages 147-180
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    Pages 181-198
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    Pages 199-218
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    Pages 219-251
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 283-296

About this book


This book considers a crucial moment in the development of English higher education, and also provides a new and comprehensive history of the early decades of Durham University. During the Age of Reform innovative ideas about the role and purpose of a university were moving at an unprecedented pace. Proposals for new institutions in all parts of the country were developing quickly and resulted in the foundation of Durham University, London University (later re-styled University College, London), and King’s College, London. While normally overshadowed by the London institutions, this book demonstrates not only that Durham attempted to produce a far broader institution than any historian has given its founders credit for, but that a remarkable attempt at a third-way in English higher education has been neglected. Matthew Andrews therefore not only provides the first fully researched account of this important national institution since 1932, but also carefully situates Durham in its contemporary context, and alongside the two other most prominent emerging institutions of that time.


higher education academic institutions University College London King's College London Durham University

Authors and affiliations

  • Matthew Andrews
    • 1
  1. 1.OxfordshireUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
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  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-76725-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-76726-0
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