For the Public Good

As English universities seek more diverse means of funding, Jill Pellew looks at the ways in which philanthropists helped to establish universities in three very different locations during the early 20th century.

George V and Queen Mary make their way down Park Street, Bristol having just opened the university's Wills Memorial Building, 1925. Getty Images/Hulton ArchiveSince the Second World War English universities have been funded predominantly by an increasingly intrusive state. Today we are adjusting to the idea that higher education is a commodity rather than a public good, which is why it is worth looking at an earlier period in the development of English universities, when there was greater awareness of diverse sources of funding by those responsible for the disbursement of public grants.

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