Chapter Six: Universities
A university is a place where learning takes place at the highest level. Its students study for degrees. In many cases universities are important centres for research. Top departments in universities can be at the cutting edge of thinking in a subject. If so, this can sometimes feed through into the quality of the teaching provided. Sometimes however the “best brains” in the academic staff are so preoccupied with their research that very little of this cross fertilisation occurs.
Universities owe their legal status to Royal Charters and/or Acts of Parliament. An example of an opening statement of a charter gives an idea of the background:
“The University of Bristol is a Chartered Corporation, operating under a Charter ...