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Types of Universities in the UK

Ancient Universities:


For hundreds of years there were only a small handful of universities that were founded in England, Scotland and Ireland. The earliest was the University of Oxford in 1096 and the latest of the Ancient Universities was the University of Dublin in 1592. Ancient UK Universities often have lecture rooms and corridors that are 100 years old. They offer tutorials, lectures that help students to connect with faculty in smaller and separate groups.


The ancient universities are: University of Oxford, University of Cambridge, University of St Andrews, University of Glasgow, University of Aberdeen, University of Edinburgh and University of Dublin.


Red Brick Universities:


Red Brick originally referred to 6 Civic universities that were given charters in the late 19th Century (1830 -1930) in the big industrial cities of the UK. These Universities were established in order to suffice the growing demand for university-level study in subject areas like science, technology, design, and engineering in major industrial cities. The most attractive quality of Red Brick Universities in UK lies in their location and they are built in the middle of the cities on undefined campuses. The term Red Brick referred to a building at the University of Liverpool which was built from Red Bricks, but the term also referred more generally to “new” buildings/institutions. Allsix red brick universities in UK are part of the Russell Group.


The six Red Brick Universities areUniversity of Birmingham, University of Bristol, University of Leeds, University of Liverpool, University of Manchester and University of Sheffield.


Plate Glass Universities:


Plate Glass Universities were the next batch of universities to be given royal charter between 1963 and 1992. These universities are established in order to increase the number of universities in the UK. Plate Glass UK universities were progressive and took initiatives to update the syllabus, teaching methods, examination, administration, and discipline. The term ‘plate glass’ reflects their modern architectural design, which often contains wide expanses of plate glass in steel or concrete frames.

Plate Glass Universities are Aston University, University of East Anglia, University of Essex, University of Kent, Lancaster University, University of Sussex, University of Warwick and University of York


New Universities – Modern Universities:

There are a group of universities that were previously called Polytechnics and then given university status; these institutions are referred to as “New Universities”. Though they have recently received their university status, but still their education roots are old.

Some Modern Universities are Cardiff Metropolitan University, University of Chichester, Manchester Metropolitan University, Middlesex University, University of Northumbria and Nottingham Trent University.


Recently Created Universities:

Recently a number of further education and teacher training colleges have been given university status and these are generally referred to as “Recently Created Universities”. In many cases these are former higher education institutions that have become full-status universities following a recent change in the eligibility criteria as the UK government has dropped the minimum student numbers for an institution to qualify for university status from 4,000 students to 1,000 students.



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