Red brick university

term for British universities founded in the late 19th and early 20th centuries

A red brick university (or redbrick university) was one of the nine civic universities founded in the major industrial cities of England. They are founded in the 19th century.[1][2] These universities were different from other universities as they accepted students regardless of religion or background. They concentrated on imparting to their students "real-world" skills such as engineering and medicine.[3]

The Aston Webb building. A building in the University of Birmingham


  1. Bruce Truscot (1951). Red Brick University (2nd ed.). Pelican. pp. 24–25.
  2. "A history of the HE environment". University of St Andrews. Archived from the original on 26 May 2007.
  3. Egiins, Heather (2010). Access and Equity, Comparative Perspectives (PDF). Rotterdam, Netherlands: Sense. p. 12. ISBN 978-94-6091-184-2. Retrieved 6 May 2014.

Further readingEdit

  • Whyte, William. Redbrick: A Social and Architectural History of Britain's Civic Universities (2015).