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New Universities

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In the United Kingdom, the term New University has two meanings regarding British universities.

The term New University may refer to one of the several universities founded in the 1960s following the Robbins Report on higher education, often called Glass Plate universities:

1960s or "Glass Plate" Universities


Many of these institutions have interesting architecture; concrete is a dominant theme, often to the dismay of several modern observers.


The term New University has more recently been used to describe any of the former polytechnics or colleges of higher education that were given the status of universities by John Major's government in 1992 or colleges that have been granted university status since then, also called Post-1992 universities or Modern Universities:

Post-1992 or "Modern" Universities

These universities award their academic degrees and received university status after the Further and Higher Education Act, 1992 came into effect.

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