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University women: origins experiences and destinations at Glasgow University 1939-1987

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DX224914_1_0001.tif University Women: Origins, Experiences and Destinations at Glasgow University 1939-1987 Judy Wakeling Thesis Submitted for the Degree of PhD Faculty of Social Sciences University of Glasgow October 1998 @ Judy Wakeling, October 1998 Abstract This study examines the position of female students at Glasgow University during its most recent phase of growth - from 1939 to 1987. The post-war era saw a great expansion in the provision of university places in Bntain, fuelled by student demand and government policy; increased demand from female students was perhaps the outstanding development in the pattern of university growth from c1960. Glasgow University reflected this pattern, but there were distinctive aspects to the female student experience there which stemmed from the University's historic role as a non- residential institution. The University drew the majority of its students from the local region and fed them into careers which were often also in the local area. Glasgow, to a greater extent than many other British universities, provided education and training for its own region and played a distinctive role in the production of a West of Scotland elite. The thesis examines how the University's traditional role shaped the educational and social experiences, as well as career choices, of its female students, but it places their experiences within the context of developments at British universities generally. This highlights the fact that trends at Glasgow were usually similar to patterns of behaviour elsewhere, but experienced with a particular local colour. Comparisons with other British universities are also supplemented by comparisons with male students, to indicate how far gender affected university experiences. The study presents both a qualitative and quantitative analysis of women's experiences, using a wide variety of source material. Statistics produced by the University are supplemented by material gathered from a postal questionnaire. Thi

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