By Jeremy Black
Subjects: Education, History, South-West Studies, University of Exeter Press
Tracing the development of the University of Exeter over the six decades since it was granted its royal charter in 1955, this book tells the history of the institution and its community. Jeremy Black draws on a wide range of resources, from archival material to the personal recollections of staff and students. He records and analyses the story of the university as it engaged with the need to expand and evolve while responding to constant financial and political pressures. The book includes interviews with leading university figures, contributions from former students, and a postscript looking to the future. It charts the University of Exeter’s changing place in the world of higher education.
from the author’s Preface …
'In 2013–14, I wrote The City on the Hill: A Life of the University of Exeter, which was published in 2015 as part of the university’s Diamond Jubilee. That extensively illustrated and very heavy book is a worthy memorial. This is a
different book: it draws on some additional research, while the opportunity to rewrite the study, and bring it up to date has proved welcome. The work has been greatly eased by the great friendship and wonderful co-operation I have
encountered. Staff and students, past and present, have given much time, to pass on information and opinion, to answer questions, and to read and comment on drafts.'
The Chancellors and Vice-Chancellors
2. The 1950s: The New University
3. Into the 1960s: Major Expansion
4. The Later 1960s: Social Change
5. The Early 1970s: The Brakes Go On
6. The Later 1970s: A Divided University
7. The Early 1980s: Crisis for an Old Order
8. The Later 1980s: Difficult Years, Again
9. The Early 1990s: Change Starting
10. The Later 1990s: New Strategies
11. The Early 2000s: Restructuring
12. The Later 2000s to the Present: the Big Bang
13. Into the Future
A good friend of mine read English at Exeter in the 1970s and was thrilled with this trip down memory lane. It will no doubt also appeal to the 2019 intake of students. The book is indeed a detailed account of one of the UK’s leading and most respected universities.- Devon Life
Jeremy Black is a leading scholar in the field of British history and the author of more than one hundred books. He has held the Established Chair in history at the University of Exeter since 1996.