University Mottoes = Values of the University?

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    What I was extremely interested in after seeing Hydeman and jneill's conversation about Imperial College London's motto, is whether university mottos accurately reflect the values of an institution. Especially because some of these mottos were created many years ago. So I decided to create a list of university mottos for some selected universities!

    University of Cambridge

    Latin: Hinc lucem et pocula sacra
    English: Literal: From here, light and sacred draughts, Non-literal: From this place, we gain enlightenment and precious knowledge.

    University of Oxford

    Latin: Dominus Illuminatio Mea
    English: The Lord is my Light.

    University College London

    Latin: Cuncti adsint meritaeque expectent praemia palmae
    English: Let all come who by merit deserve the most reward.

    Imperial College London

    Latin: Scientia imperii decus et tutamen
    English: Scientific knowledge, the crowning glory and the safeguard of the empire.

    University of Edinburgh

    Latin: Nec temere, nec timide
    English: Neither rashly, nor timidly.

    King's College London

    Latin: Sancte et sapienter
    English: With holiness and wisdom.

    The University of Manchester

    Latin: Cognitio, sapientia, humanitas
    English: Knowledge, wisdom, humanity

    London School of Economics and Political Science

    Latin: Rerum cognoscere causas
    English: To understand the causes of things.

    University of Bristol

    Latin: Vim promovet insitam
    English: (Learning) promotes one's innate power

    Warwick

    Latin: Mens agitat molem
    English: Mind over matter

    University of Glasgow

    Latin: Via, Veritas, Vita
    English: The Way, the Truth, and the Life

    Durham University

    Latin: Fundamenta eius super montibus sanctis
    English: Her foundations are upon the holy hills.

    Nottingham

    Latin: Sapientia urbs conditur
    English: A city is built on wisdom.

    University of St Andrews

    Greek: Αιέν αριστεύειν
    English: Ever to Excel

    Birmingham

    Latin: Per Ardua Ad Alta
    English: Through efforts to high things.

    Sheffield

    Latin: Rerum cognoscere causas
    English: To understand the causes of things.

    Southampton

    Latin: Strenuis Ardua Cedunt
    English: Adversity leads to Endeavour

    Leeds

    Latin: Et augebitur scientia
    English: And knowledge will be increased.

    Queen Mary University of London

    Latin: Coniunctis viribus
    English: With united power

    York

    Latin: In limine sapientiæ
    English: On the threshold of wisdom.

    Lancaster

    Latin: Patet omnibus veritas
    English: Truth lies open to all

    Cardiff

    Welsh: Gwirionedd Undod A Chytgord
    English: Truth, Unity, and Harmony

    University of Aberdeen

    Latin: Initium sapientiæ timor domini
    English: The beginning of wisdom is fear of the Lord

    Liverpool

    Latin: Haec otia fovent studia
    English: These days of peace foster learning.

    Bath

    Latin: Generatim discite cultus
    English: Learn each field of study according to its kind

    Exeter

    Latin: Lucem sequimur
    English: We follow the light!

    Sussex

    English: Be Still and Know

    Loughborough

    Latin: Veritate, Scientia, Labore
    English: By Truth, By Science, By Labour

    Dundee

    Latin: Magnificat anima mea dominum
    English: My soul doth magnify the lord

    UEA

    English: Do Different

    One thing that I found was that a lot of these mottos are related to religion. Are these religious mottos still appropriate in a time where secularism in education is promoted? Are the values of universities accurately reflected in the mottoes of said universities?
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    (Original post by wolfmoon88)
    Latin: Hinc lucem et pocula sacra
    English: Literal: From here, light and sacred draughts, Non-literal: From this place, we gain enlightenment and precious knowledge.
    Nice one!

    Considering how old Cambridge's is, they seem to have it nailed.
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    Nice one!

    Considering how old Cambridge's is, they seem to have it nailed.
    Indeed, Cambridge seems to be one that got it right. (I didn't really take into account individual college mottos for Oxbridge, another thread for another time)
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    Warwick Business School

    Latin: Pecunia non olet
    English: We take UnionPay
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    Eton:

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    lætemur in calle

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    let us make merry in Slough
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    (Original post by wolfmoon88)
    What I was extremely interested in after seeing Hydeman and jneill's conversation about Imperial College London's motto, is whether university mottos accurately reflect the values of an institution. Especially because some of these mottos were created many years ago. So I decided to create a list of university mottos for some selected universities!

    University of Cambridge

    Latin: Hinc lucem et pocula sacra
    English: Literal: From here, light and sacred draughts, Non-literal: From this place, we gain enlightenment and precious knowledge.

    University of Oxford

    Latin: Dominus Illuminatio Mea
    English: The Lord is my Light.

    University College London

    Latin: Cuncti adsint meritaeque expectent praemia palmae
    English: Let all come who by merit deserve the most reward.

    Imperial College London

    Latin: Scientia imperii decus et tutamen
    English: Scientific knowledge, the crowning glory and the safeguard of the empire.

    University of Edinburgh

    Latin: Nec temere, nec timide
    English: Neither rashly, nor timidly.

    King's College London

    Latin: Sancte et sapienter
    English: With holiness and wisdom.

    The University of Manchester

    Latin: Cognitio, sapientia, humanitas
    English: Knowledge, wisdom, humanity

    London School of Economics and Political Science

    Latin: Rerum cognoscere causas
    English: To understand the causes of things.

    University of Bristol

    Latin: Vim promovet insitam
    English: (Learning) promotes one's innate power

    Warwick

    Latin: Mens agitat molem
    English: Mind over matter

    University of Glasgow

    Latin: Via, Veritas, Vita
    English: The Way, the Truth, and the Life

    Durham University

    Latin: Fundamenta eius super montibus sanctis
    English: Her foundations are upon the holy hills.

    Nottingham

    Latin: Sapientia urbs conditur
    English: A city is built on wisdom.

    University of St Andrews

    Greek: Αιέν αριστεύειν
    English: Ever to Excel

    Birmingham

    Latin: Per Ardua Ad Alta
    English: Through efforts to high things.

    Sheffield

    Latin: Rerum cognoscere causas
    English: To understand the causes of things.

    Southampton

    Latin: Strenuis Ardua Cedunt
    English: Adversity leads to Endeavour

    Leeds

    Latin: Et augebitur scientia
    English: And knowledge will be increased.

    Queen Mary University of London

    Latin: Coniunctis viribus
    English: With united power

    York

    Latin: In limine sapientiæ
    English: On the threshold of wisdom.

    Lancaster

    Latin: Patet omnibus veritas
    English: Truth lies open to all

    Cardiff

    Welsh: Gwirionedd Undod A Chytgord
    English: Truth, Unity, and Harmony

    University of Aberdeen

    Latin: Initium sapientiæ timor domini
    English: The beginning of wisdom is fear of the Lord

    Liverpool

    Latin: Haec otia fovent studia
    English: These days of peace foster learning.

    Bath

    Latin: Generatim discite cultus
    English: Learn each field of study according to its kind

    Exeter

    Latin: Lucem sequimur
    English: We follow the light!

    Sussex

    English: Be Still and Know

    Loughborough

    Latin: Veritate, Scientia, Labore
    English: By Truth, By Science, By Labour

    Dundee

    Latin: Magnificat anima mea dominum
    English: My soul doth magnify the lord

    UEA

    English: Do Different

    One thing that I found was that a lot of these mottos are related to religion. Are these religious mottos still appropriate in a time where secularism in education is promoted? Are the values of universities accurately reflected in the mottoes of said universities?
    I always worked on the basis that York's was In Vino Veritas...

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    Oxford and Cambridge, being medieval institutions, both have quite a theological bent. The idea that in the modern day those values still hold is, to excuse my medieval philosophical terminology, accidental.

    The rest of the universities use the fake Latin, the kind of show off Latin that existed when the grammar schools didn't really care much for it anymore, this is to be expected as most of the modern universities were founded in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and Latin declined in importance from the seventeenth century onwards.
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    (Original post by wolfmoon88)
    What I was extremely interested in after seeing Hydeman and jneill's conversation about Imperial College London's motto, is whether university mottos accurately reflect the values of an institution. Especially because some of these mottos were created many years ago. So I decided to create a list of university mottos for some selected universities!

    University of Cambridge

    Latin: Hinc lucem et pocula sacra
    English: Literal: From here, light and sacred draughts, Non-literal: From this place, we gain enlightenment and precious knowledge.

    University of Oxford

    Latin: Dominus Illuminatio Mea
    English: The Lord is my Light.

    University College London

    Latin: Cuncti adsint meritaeque expectent praemia palmae
    English: Let all come who by merit deserve the most reward.

    Imperial College London

    Latin: Scientia imperii decus et tutamen
    English: Scientific knowledge, the crowning glory and the safeguard of the empire.

    University of Edinburgh

    Latin: Nec temere, nec timide
    English: Neither rashly, nor timidly.

    King's College London

    Latin: Sancte et sapienter
    English: With holiness and wisdom.

    The University of Manchester

    Latin: Cognitio, sapientia, humanitas
    English: Knowledge, wisdom, humanity

    London School of Economics and Political Science

    Latin: Rerum cognoscere causas
    English: To understand the causes of things.

    University of Bristol

    Latin: Vim promovet insitam
    English: (Learning) promotes one's innate power

    Warwick

    Latin: Mens agitat molem
    English: Mind over matter

    University of Glasgow

    Latin: Via, Veritas, Vita
    English: The Way, the Truth, and the Life

    Durham University

    Latin: Fundamenta eius super montibus sanctis
    English: Her foundations are upon the holy hills.

    Nottingham

    Latin: Sapientia urbs conditur
    English: A city is built on wisdom.

    University of St Andrews

    Greek: Αιέν αριστεύειν
    English: Ever to Excel

    Birmingham

    Latin: Per Ardua Ad Alta
    English: Through efforts to high things.

    Sheffield

    Latin: Rerum cognoscere causas
    English: To understand the causes of things.

    Southampton

    Latin: Strenuis Ardua Cedunt
    English: Adversity leads to Endeavour

    Leeds

    Latin: Et augebitur scientia
    English: And knowledge will be increased.

    Queen Mary University of London

    Latin: Coniunctis viribus
    English: With united power

    York

    Latin: In limine sapientiæ
    English: On the threshold of wisdom.

    Lancaster

    Latin: Patet omnibus veritas
    English: Truth lies open to all

    Cardiff

    Welsh: Gwirionedd Undod A Chytgord
    English: Truth, Unity, and Harmony

    University of Aberdeen

    Latin: Initium sapientiæ timor domini
    English: The beginning of wisdom is fear of the Lord

    Liverpool

    Latin: Haec otia fovent studia
    English: These days of peace foster learning.

    Bath

    Latin: Generatim discite cultus
    English: Learn each field of study according to its kind

    Exeter

    Latin: Lucem sequimur
    English: We follow the light!

    Sussex

    English: Be Still and Know

    Loughborough

    Latin: Veritate, Scientia, Labore
    English: By Truth, By Science, By Labour

    Dundee

    Latin: Magnificat anima mea dominum
    English: My soul doth magnify the lord

    UEA

    English: Do Different

    One thing that I found was that a lot of these mottos are related to religion. Are these religious mottos still appropriate in a time where secularism in education is promoted? Are the values of universities accurately reflected in the mottoes of said universities?
    They're just catchy phrases that weren't already taken.
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    Latin is overrated, it's a shame newer universities couldn't pick more unusual languages - Old Church Slavonic would be awesome.
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    (Original post by Snufkin)
    Latin is overrated, it's a shame newer universities couldn't pick more unusual languages - Old Church Slavonic would be awesome.
    To be fair, St Andrews did use Ancient Greek and Unis in Wales tend to use Welsh (Glasgow Caldenion uses the Scot language I think) but your point still stands lol

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    They're just catchy phrases that weren't already taken.
    Not completely unique, as LSE's and Sheffield's mottos are the same

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    Not an uni :rofl:

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    UCL's motto is pretty solid, i think it'd be fair to say it's stuck to it's roots as one of the first secular universities.
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    Not an uni :rofl:

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    tbh the quality of learning etc there is better than many yoonies ?
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    I wonder about the ex-polys, are their mottos also in Latin or in English? Don't have the time or energy to find out but might be interesting if they try to be 'posh' by using Latin ones. Though if they did, it may simply have been a case of keeping the motto of their former college/institute before university status.

    Nonetheless Latin always seems a little pretentious to me (as a state school student, I guess), so I quite like how East Anglia have used 'Do Different' instead, that has to be my favourite one.
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    I wonder about the ex-polys, are their mottos also in Latin or in English? Don't have the time or energy to find out but might be interesting if they try to be 'posh' by using Latin ones. Though if they did, it may simply have been a case of keeping the motto of their former college/institute before university status.

    Nonetheless Latin always seems a little pretentious to me (as a state school student, I guess), so I quite like how East Anglia have used 'Do Different' instead, that has to be my favourite one.
    Some are in Latin, Some are in English (I think most of them are in English from my research)
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    (Original post by wolfmoon88)
    Some are in Latin, Some are in English (I think most of them are in English from my research)
    Had a quick look at a handful, couldn't resist. Sorry if I turn this into a rankings war but I thought I'd put them in for interest, because its interesting how the 'better' ones actually didn't use a latin phrase. This probably has no bearing whatsoever on the quality of the institution but oh well.

    Manchester Metropolitan, 57th
    English: Many Arts, Many Skills

    Falmouth, 58th
    English: Creative, Connected, Courageous

    East London, 126th
    Latincientia et votorum impletio
    English: ' knowledge and the fulfilment of vows.'

    Bolton, 122nd
    Latin: Sapientia Superat Moras
    English: 'Wisdom overcomes difficulty'
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    tbh the quality of learning etc there is better than many yoonies ?
    Maybe so :rofl:
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    (Original post by bj1)
    Had a quick look at a handful, couldn't resist. Sorry if I turn this into a rankings war but I thought I'd put them in for interest, because its interesting how the 'better' ones actually didn't use a latin phrase. This probably has no bearing whatsoever on the quality of the institution but oh well.

    Manchester Metropolitan, 57th
    English: Many Arts, Many Skills

    Falmouth, 58th
    English: Creative, Connected, Courageous

    East London, 126th
    Latincientia et votorum impletio
    English: ' knowledge and the fulfilment of vows.'

    Bolton, 122nd
    Latin: Sapientia Superat Moras
    English: 'Wisdom overcomes difficulty'
    Interesting, I think it is correlation not causation
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    (Original post by bj1)
    Had a quick look at a handful, couldn't resist. Sorry if I turn this into a rankings war but I thought I'd put them in for interest, because its interesting how the 'better' ones actually didn't use a latin phrase. This probably has no bearing whatsoever on the quality of the institution but oh well.

    Manchester Metropolitan, 57th
    English: Many Arts, Many Skills

    Falmouth, 58th
    English: Creative, Connected, Courageous

    East London, 126th
    Latincientia et votorum impletio
    English: ' knowledge and the fulfilment of vows.'

    Bolton, 122nd
    Latin: Sapientia Superat Moras
    English: 'Wisdom overcomes difficulty'
    You got one for London met? Just curious
 
 
 
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