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Post by Rowan » Tue March 19th, 2013, 1:07 pm

Okay this isn't a request about a book or books covering a certain period nor a particular person, but a way of life that's been around for hundreds of years. I'm looking for probably a non-fiction book about life at university primarily of the oldest universities in the UK. I recently got finished listening to a book which was set in a fictional college of Cambridge University, but any time I looked up information on certain roles within the college, they were real. So I'm interested in how university life evolved into what it is today. I guess this would primarily encompass the ancient universities in the UK. Thanks for any help.

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Post by Lisa » Tue March 19th, 2013, 2:43 pm

I know this isn't exactly what you're looking for, but I found this article about life in a Victorian female university dormitory of interest when I saw it last month:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-21425200

I guess you would have to actually visit the university libraries themselves to get access to such wonderful things as that photo archive, though. I'm afraid I don't know of any books on the subject, but hopefully someone else can help :)

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Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Tue March 19th, 2013, 3:42 pm

What I know of university / public school life in Britain comes from two autobiographies detailing the situation as it was in the early twentieth century: M.M. Kaye's The Sun in the Morning and C.S. Lewis' Surprised by Joy. Both more about teenage years than university years, although the film on C.S. Lewis as a Magdalen College don, Shadowlands, also gave a revealing glimpse of the professor/student relationship.

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Post by Rowan » Wed March 20th, 2013, 12:45 pm

Thanks for your replies ladies, but I'm looking for information that goes back to the beginnings of each school. I am strongly considering your suggestion to contact the libraries of said schools directly, LadyB. :)

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Post by annis » Wed March 20th, 2013, 6:43 pm

Oxford and Cambridge are both distinguished by operating as collegiate universities. See Wikipedia on Colleges within Universities in the UK for more detail:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colleges_w ... ed_Kingdom

A certain amount of info can be found on the respective websites of Oxford and Cambridge Universities

Oxford -Structure of the University
http://www.ox.ac.uk/about_the_universit ... index.html

Cambridge- How the university and colleges work
http://www.cam.ac.uk/about-the-universi ... leges-work

You could go for non-fiction histories like

The University of Oxford: A New History
and
The University of Cambridge: an 800th Anniversary Portrait

but they might be hard to come by in the States- library inter-loan, maybe?
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