Quiz: What’s in a University name?

2 12 2016

An exciting university quiz

Musing, as you do, about the names of universities, I was struck by how many North American universities are named after people, often major benefactors such as:

  • McGill University
  • Harvard
  • McMaster University
  • Oral Roberts University
  • Wright State University (always makes me laugh that one)
  • Dartmouth
  • Babson College
  • Hofstra
  • Vassar
  • Brigham Young University
  • Cornell University
  • Stanford
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Brown University
  • Johns Hopkins
Orville & Wilbur Wright - so clever they had a university named after them

Orville & Wilbur Wright – so clever they had a university named after them

 

But what about the UK universities?

I can think of three which include the names of benefactors and 13 which are named wholly or in part after someone (plus a 14th in this group which no longer exists).

Can you name them?

Answers below

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I could originally only think of three UK universities which include the name of a principal benefactor in their title but actually now I’ve come up with six:
  • Liverpool John Moores University
  • Heriot Watt University
  • Royal Holloway, University of London
  • Birkbeck, University of London
  • Harper Adams University
  • Courtauld Institute, University of London
Any advances on these six?
I originally had 13 more with individuals’ names in their titles. List on further consideration is now 20:
  • Leeds Beckett University
  • Queen Mary University of London
  • Anglia Ruskin University
  • Oxford Brookes University
  • King’s College London
  • Robert Gordon University
  • University of St Andrews
  • York St John University
  • Brunel University
  • De Montfort University
  • Napier University
  • Newman University
  • Queen Margaret University
  • Queen’s University Belfast
  • Bishop Grosseteste University
  • Regent’s (debatable as named after Regent’s Park which was originally named after the Prince Regent, later King George IV)
  • Canterbury Christ Church University
  • University of St Mark and St John (2 for the price of 1)
  • St Mary’s University
  • University of Wales Trinity St David
(Plus there was the Victoria University of Manchester until 2004.)
Any others? Note have excluded constituent colleges of collegiate universities.

 

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Would you buy a hoody from these people?

21 03 2016

An interesting sales pitch…

No. not that kind of iconic university clothing

No, not that kind of clothing

 

Text of a letter received (with a “clothe” sample) in Vice-Chancellor’s Office. I have changed the name of the company to protect the innocent. They really do need to get someone to work on that translation into English.

 

Dear Vice-Chancellor

I’m the responsible of the relationship between my company and the Universities.

ABC, an Italian fashion company, would like realise a merchandising line for your university.

I have sent you one of our iconic clothe to explain you the high quality of our production.

The University world is always in our D.N.A. and I’d like to speak with the person who cares the merchandising of the University of Nottingham.

I hope to have an help from you and to create a link between two big excellences like ABC and University of Nottingham.

Thanks for your attention.

Thank you indeed.





Morrissey University Lyrics Confusion

24 01 2015

University + Staircase = ??

 

I’ve been listening to Morrissey’s most recent offering, World Peace is None of Your Business and, as with most Morrissey outputs, I rather like it. However, I remain very confused about the lyrics to one of the tracks, ‘Staircase at the University’, which includes the lines:

A staircase. At a university

A staircase. At a university

“If you don’t get three As,” her sweet daddy said
You’re no child of mine and as far as I’m concerned, you’re dead
“If you don’t get three As,” her sweet daddy said
You’re no child of mine and as far as I’m concerned, you’re dead

Staircase at the university
She threw herself down and her head split three ways

OK, classic pushy parent, bit exaggerated for effect (and indeed supported by boyfriend in next verse), disappointed by exam results, prompts daughter’s suicide. Pretty standard Morrissey fayre. But what I don’t get is if the girl was sitting her A levels or had not achieved the required results, what was she doing in the university?

The full lyrics, which don’t help matters much, are available here.

81GZGeiP3yL._SL1400_So, what is going on here? What is she doing at the university?

Possible scenarios:

  1. She received an offer from a university (with a staircase) and went on a UCAS visit day but, knowing she wasn’t going to get three As, decided to end it all.
  2. Knowing her exam performance wasn’t going to deliver three As she decided to go to the nearest university to find a staircase to ensure her father and boyfriend would get the message.
  3. She didn’t get three As but did get a place via clearing at another university. But one that did have a staircase. She decided late in the day to end it all.
  4. Her “sweet daddy” in fact worked in a university (let’s just assume all universities have a staircase from now on) and she was visiting him when they had a discussion about her A levels and it ended badly.
  5. The A grades in question are in fact university exam grades rather than A levels although not many places use letter grades these days and the consequences of not getting three As in one set of exams would probably be less significant.

I’m sure there are other explanations. But I’m still confused.





Casey’s move

8 07 2007

See that Casey now trading independently here.

Welcome! (Not sure about that header pic though)








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