The vision of a university in the British tradition: reflecting on the Universities Tests Act 1871: what have we developed and what are we losing?

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Batorowicz, Krzysztof. 2012. "The vision of a university in the British tradition: reflecting on the Universities Tests Act 1871: what have we developed and what are we losing?" Harmes, Marcus K., Henderson, Lindsay, Harmes, Barbara and Antonio, Amy (ed.) The British World: Religion, Memory, Society, Culture (2012). Toowoomba, Australia 02 - 05 Jul 2012 Toowoomba, Australia.
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The vision of a university in the British tradition: reflecting on the Universities Tests Act 1871: what have we developed and what are we losing?

Presentation TypePaper
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AuthorBatorowicz, Krzysztof
EditorsHarmes, Marcus K., Henderson, Lindsay, Harmes, Barbara and Antonio, Amy
Journal or Proceedings TitleThe British World: Religion, Memory, Society, Culture: Refereed Proceedings
ERA Conference ID80566
Number of Pages10
Year2012
Place of PublicationToowoomba, Australia
ISBN9780987408204
Web Address (URL) of Paperhttp://www.usq.edu.au/oac/Research/bwc
Conference/EventThe British World: Religion, Memory, Society, Culture (2012)
Event Details
The British World: Religion, Memory, Society, Culture (2012)
The British World: Religion, Memory, Society, Culture: Conference
Event Date
02 to end of 05 Jul 2012
Event Location
Toowoomba, Australia
Abstract

This paper intends to assess the Universities Tests Act 1871 in the British history of universities and the nation. It is not an historical analysis; it is rather a reflection on the Act seen from today's perspective. Naturally, since the year 1871, the universities have made considerable progress and it is reasonable to expect that the ideas from the Act were developed.

The paper addresses two important ideas contained within the Act:
(i) The notion that universities should be 'freely accessible to the nation': and
(ii) The role of religion in universities and colleges (as interpreted from the legislative definition of a 'college.')
Following the analysis of the two ideas above, the paper will undertake a discussion on the significance of the Act for British and other universities.

Keywordsuniversities; ethos; higher education; history
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390203. Sociology of education
390303. Higher education
430304. British history
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Byline AffiliationsMulticultural Centre
Faculty of Arts
Open Access College
Australian Digital Futures Institute
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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