Tradition and Higher Education explores centuries-old university traditions and alternatives in higher education institutions. It selects developments against which higher education has re-defined itself in recent decades, including student residence, teaching and learning and enterprise. Silver discusses the impact of government and its agencies as well as the economy and technology on the policies and practices of higher education. The book takes three English universities -Bristol,Nottingham and York - created in the early- and mid-twentieth century as case studies of debate and decision making in the face of potential and actual inroads into their procedures and self-image. Silver is therefore concerned with changes external and internal to institutions, conservative and radical attitudes, continuities and transformations. This is the first extended analysis of the history, diversity and interpretation of tradition in higher education.