This book provides an account of the University of Manchester's struggle to meet the government's demands for the rapid expansion of higher education in the 1950s and the 1960s. It looks at the University's ambitious building programme: the controversial attempts to reform its constitution and improve its communications amid demands for greater democracy in the workplace, the struggle to retain its old pre-eminence in a competitive world where new ‘green field’ universities were rivalling older civic institutions. The book tells the story, not just from the point of view of administrators and academics, but also from those of students and support staff (such as secretaries, technicians and engineers). It not only uses official records, but also student newspapers, political pamphlets and reminiscences collected through interviews.
Extra special thanks must be extended to Lord Clark of Windermere, the late Lord Howe of Aberavon, the late Sir Gerald Kaufman, Philip Davies MP, Mike Wood MP, the late Stanley Crowther MP, Dr Richard North and Christopher Booker for graciously affording me their time for interviews. I also extend my gratitude to those other contributors with whom I engaged in correspondence over the course of researching this book.
I also wish to express my profound gratitude to the following organisations that have allowed me to access their archives. The staff of the People's History Museum in Manchester, the staff of the Hull History Centre, the staff of the University of Huddersfield Library and Archive, the staff of the University of Leeds library (especially in respect of their Hansard collection), the staff of the British Library in London and Boston Spa, the staff of the British Library Newspapers section in London, Conservative Central Office, and last but not least, the staff of the Bodleian Library, Oxford. These organisations have provided a significant amount of primary source materials upon which this book relies.