Cathedrals of Learning. Great and Ancient Universities of by Blaise Cronin

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By Blaise Cronin

Cathedrals of studying: nice and old Universities of Western Europe offers a conspectus of the nice Western ecu universities, pithily tells their lifestyles tales, showcases their architectural historical past, and describes the artwork, literary, and traditional historical past collections they've got accrued over the centuries.

This e-book profiles the traditional universities and their unique organizational cultures, finds their customs, ceremonies, and traditions, their quirks and quiddities, recounts their complex histories, describes their architectural wonders (libraries, museums, anatomy theaters, botanical gardens) and treasures (rare manuscripts, antiquities, work, and items d’art of all kinds), and introduces their well-known alumni, distinct students, Nobel Prize-winning scientists, and famously eccentric personalities.

It is a ebook for students, researchers, and a person attracted to those historical associations that stay facilities of studying within the modern world.

  • Contains a set of mini biographies, pen pics of a few of the world’s such a lot venerable universities
  • Offers twelve institutional biographies that may be used to check universities and their advanced histories
  • Written in a simple and rigorous sort, with available coverage
  • Compiled by way of a number one determine in details technology, with a large event of significant universities and the tendencies with which they're associated

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But much has changed of late, as that book notes in appreciative detail, including the appointment of Jane Grimson, the college’s first engineering graduate, as Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Systems Sciences in 1996, making her the first female dean of engineering in Europe: a double first for emancipation. Until recently, the major societies of the university, notably the Historical Society (or The Hist) and the Philosophical Society (or The Phil), were closed to the fairer sex. The Hist, which claims to be the world’s oldest student debating society, was founded in 1770 (a successor to a club established by the oratorical giant Edmund Burke in 1747) and in the 1780s forged a special relationship with the Speculative Society of Edinburgh.

The university sits in the Royal Burgh of St Andrews, nestled on the wind-whipped east coast of Scotland. The settlement is but a short train journey from Edinburgh, one made possible by the majestic Forth Bridge that cantilevers across the choppy Firth. Named after the nation’s patron saint, St Andrews was a major religious centre in the Middle Ages and remains so today—though now the religion is golf and the pilgrims are much more likely to be carrying titanium drivers than seeking out the relics of St Andrew.

Her undisputed standing in the world of scholarship, however, was not enough to convince the men-only Royal and Ancient Golf Club to offer her the honorary membership that they had so graciously granted to her two (male) predecessors. It was, though, enough to convince the University of Oxford to nominate her as its first-ever female vice-chancellor effective January 2016. Still, Dr Richardson may take some comfort from the fact that, according to the record books, St Andrews opened its 42 Cathedrals of Learning doors to women before either Oxford or Cambridge, and indeed before any other Scottish university.

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