Universities UK celebrates 90 years
To mark this notable event, and presumably to provide stocking fillers for many lucky Vice-Chancellors, UUK has released an exciting book of facts:
Did you know that the first official rules of football were influenced by student footballers at the University of Cambridge Football Club?
Or that the University of Bradford is the only University to have had a serving Prime Minister as Chancellor – Harold Wilson
Originally called the Committee of Vice-Chancellors and Principals (CVCP), Universities UK’s first meeting took place on 22 November 1918, one week after the end of the First World War. Looking at the minutes from this first meeting, (where one of the points agreed was that the cost of a PhD was not to exceed £10!), it is clear that the sector has undergone major developments since then, with universities constantly re-inventing themselves and the sector growing in both size and diversity. Indeed, in 1922, around 20% of women attended university compared to 55% today, and on average 10,000 first-degrees were conferred, compared to 260,000 in 2006/7.
Surely though it can’t be correct that 20% in the twenties (when only a tiny percentage of the whole population went to university) or 55% of all women attend university?