A Degree of Excellence: The Centenary of the Federal University of London

Newscutting from the New York Herald, 1907, and dinner programme, marking the visit of the University of London to the University of Paris. Reciprocal events were organised to celebrate the 'intellectual entente cordiale' between both institutions.] An Exhibition celebrating 100 years of achievement in teaching and research since the University’s reconstitution in 1900.

As the 19th century drew to a close, pressure from a considerable proportion of the academic community forced the University of London to consider combining its examining function with the wider responsibilities of teaching and research. Two men, Sidney Webb, co-founder of the London School of Economics and Head of the Technical Education Board of the London County Council, and Richard Haldane, Secretary for War and the Lord Chancellor, took a lead in the protracted negotiations for change.

In 2000, the University of London celebrates a centenary since its reconstitution as a federal group of colleges and medical schools. To mark this milestone, Honorary Degrees have been awarded in areas where the University considers that it has made its most significant impact on attitudes and achievements over the course of the century and the Honorary Graduates have been chosen for their individual contributions in these areas: Education, Women, London, Europe, The Commonwealth, Medicine, Research

Each case in this exhibition demonstrates the University’s role in one of these spheres of influence; two additional ones set the scene with information on the University’s reconstitution in 1900 and its buildings. From a vast range of sources and subjects, the cases provide only a tiny glimpse of 100 years of innovation and impact. They also include snippets of material indicating how the University continues to be at the forefront of education and influence.

Senate House Library would like to thank the federal Colleges, Schools and Institutions which have all so generously lent material to illustrate the University’s success.

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