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RedbrickA social and architectural history of Britain's civic universities$
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William Whyte

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198716129

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198716129.001.0001

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(p.220) (p.221) Prologue

William Whyte

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Using Keele University as a test case, this section explores the state-sponsored growth of higher education in the three decades after the Second World War. In particular, it argues that both Redbrick and the subsequent wave of ‘Plateglass’ universities were formed or reformed in response to the criticisms of the interwar period. The result was a series of institutions which not only increasingly resembled one another, but also formed part of a genuinely national system for the first time ever.

Keywords:   Keele, Lord Lindsay, university, Redbrick, Plateglass, higher education system

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