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SchadenfreudeDude
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http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plate_glass_university

Were the plate-glass universities of the 60's looked down upon, in the same way that some post-1992 ex-polys and universities are looked down on today, when they were first established?
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When they were first established? I don't know... But they are definitely not looked down upon nowadays, so does it matter what was in the past?
Unless you just wanted to know out of curiosity...
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Plate glass universities were built in the early sixties (though some unis built in the mid to late sixties are referred to as plate glass unis such as Aston and Surrey). Some were built out of a need to serve a town that didn't have a university (York, Sussex) and of a government incentive to try and cope with the demands of a growing postwar population and to keep up with technological innovation.

I don't think they were looked down so much. Sussex, for instance, was often called the 'Balliol by the sea' and became a hub for liberal elites.
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These universities are all strong. They aren't looked down upon these days, though best noting that Kent and Essex are considerably less 'prestigious' by most criteria than, say, York, Warwick or Sussex.
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Red bricks used to be looked down upon when they were younger.

What's that tell you? (If you can't work it out it's that english people are generally ignorant)
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I thought 'plate glass' is merely the term to describe the architecture of uni built in the 60s and not the university performance?!!

TSR makes things so complicated!
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(Original post by SchadenfreudeDude)
http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plate_glass_university

Were the plate-glass universities of the 60's looked down upon, in the same way that some post-1992 ex-polys and universities are looked down on today, when they were first established?
Yes. But that does not mean that former polytechnics will become prestigious in the same way, because there was always a vocational prejudice that divided them from universities, and some former polytechnics are quite old, especially those built around former teaching colleges; the suggestion being that if they were going to become prestigious then they would have done it by now.
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