Student Funding and University Access after the Great War: The Scheme for the Higher Education of Ex-Servicemen at Aberystwyth, Liverpool and Oxford

Green, Lara, Laqua, Daniel and Brewis, Georgina (2020) Student Funding and University Access after the Great War: The Scheme for the Higher Education of Ex-Servicemen at Aberystwyth, Liverpool and Oxford. British Journal of Educational Studies. ISSN 0007-1005 (In Press)

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Abstract

This article makes a fresh contribution to the literature on student funding and its history by drawing attention to a pioneering government initiative, launched in the aftermath of the Great War. From the winter of 1918–1919 until 1923, the Scheme for the Higher Education of Ex-Servicemen provided grants to university students in England and Wales. We argue that it amounted to a major educational reform venture: it supported students on an unprecedented scale, covering fees and maintenance across a broad range of courses and institutions. In order to produce an in-depth analysis of this scheme and its local operation, we have drawn on archival evidence from the Board of Education, the University of Liverpool, the University of Oxford and the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth. Our discussion addresses the application process, means-testing and funding decisions as well as the profiles and experiences of grant recipients. The scale and impact of the ex-service scheme raises wider questions about the societal value accorded to higher education within the context of reconstruction after the Great War.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: student funding, grants, higher education, ex-servicemen, First World War, interwar Britain
Subjects: V300 History by topic
V900 Others in Historical and Philosophical studies
X300 Academic studies in Education
X900 Others in Education
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Humanities
Depositing User: Rachel Branson
Date Deposited: 19 Aug 2020 08:26
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2020 11:45
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/44125

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