The Guardian, Cif Belief: Newman suggests a university’s ‘soul’ lies in the mark it leaves on students

John Henry Newman rightly insists in his classic work on the subject that narrow specialisations produce narrow minds

As universities face an estimated £4.2bn in spending cuts and increasing pressure to become more “market driven”, the recently beatified John Henry Newman would have had something to say about the possible impact on higher education. The clergyman, Oxford academic and famed convert to Catholicism gave a series of lectures in 1852 reflecting on the university’s purpose that were published as The Idea of a University in the same year…

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