Planet 234

John Barnie
Swansea University: Campus and Community in a Post­War World, 1945­2020
by Sam Blaxland

by Sam Blaxland

University of Wales Press, £18.99

An official history of a university sounds like an invitation to a dead man’s rave, but Swansea University, published on the hundredth anniversary of the University’s founding, is anything but that. Sam Blaxland has chosen to ignore the first twenty-five years and concentrate on the institution as it expanded in the post-war period, initially as a constituent college of the University of Wales, and finally as a separate entity, Swansea University. There is inevitably a measured account of administrative and departmental affairs, but as the subtitle suggests, it is more a social history, drawing on a wide range of sources, including extensive interviews with past students and staff, and richly illustrated with period photographs.

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