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.
First and foremost I would like to thank Dr Patricia Skinner, who for a long time has insisted on the importance of undertaking this study. I am also grateful to Hanna Naveh of Tel Aviv University, who was the driving force behind the three conferences at which central questions of the methodology of the study were worked out, and to Professor Miri Rubin of Queen Mary College, London University, who was always ready to answer any question throughout the period of this study, and, of course, to Yitzhak Hen of the Ben Gurion University of the Negev, in Beer Sheva, who read the study and made many constructive comments. In 2006 I was privileged to serve as a Visiting Fellow at Clare Hall, Cambridge, England, where the last stages of the study were completed. I wish to thank the members of the college for their fine hospitality and for providing me with such excellent conditions for conducting research and writing and also for looking after my family so well. Finally, I want to express my appreciation to Ilana Kraus and to C. Michael Copeland for their help in translating and editing the book.