Northampton’s medieval university features on BBC News
Dr Cathy Smith, Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Education and Humanities, has featured on BBC News Online talking about the University of Northampton’s medieval origins.
Although it has only been 10 years since we received formal University title and research degree awarding powers, the University of Northampton’s roots are firmly planted in the 13th Century.
Between 1261 and 1265, Northampton was sanctioned by Henry III as an alternative place to study for hundreds of students displaced from Oxford and Cambridge universities during a period of civil unrest. Unfortunately for Northampton, the University was dissolved by the King four years later due to fears that a rival university would dilute the quality of education and Oxford and Cambridge.
BBC News reporter Laurence Cawley spoke to Dr Cathy Smith about how Northampton could have been England’s third university.