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The student experience in historical context: Double book launch

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 17:00 to 19:30
The launch of two books published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2014 that offer new perspectives on the student experience in historical context: 'A Social History of Student Volunteering: Britain and Beyond, 1880-1980' by Georgina Brewis, IOE, and 'A History of Foreign Students in Britain' by Hilary Perraton, LIDC Fellow.


Room 739, Institute of Education, University of London


17:00 - Launch of 'A History of Foreign Students in Britain'. Chaired by Professor Jeff Waage. Talk by the author with comments from Professor Michael Shattock and Dr Tamson Pietsch.
18:00 - Tea and Coffee
18:15 - Launch of 'A Social History of Student Volunteering: Britain and Beyond, 1880-1980'. Chaired by Professor Gary McCulloch. Talk by the author with comments from Professor Nicholas Deakin, Professor Carol Dyhouse and Adam O'Boyle
19:00 - Wine reception and book sales at 50% discount


The event is open to all and free to attend. Please register here.

About the books:

A History of Foreign Students in Britain: Foreign students have travelled to Britain for centuries and, from the beginning, attracted controversy. They contributed to the schools and universities they attended but repeatedly met with suspicion and sometimes scorn. Students from France were seen as a threat in the Middle Ages; in the early 20th century the future leaders of India were viewed as disloyal; and in their turn the future leaders of Africa were watched for fear of their possible communist sympathies. In a ground-breaking analysis, this book explores who came to Britain and why, who paid for them, and what it cost them to do so. Examining how policy was made and practices changed, it compares the British experience with that of other host countries from France to the United States and the Soviet Union. It shows how students reacted to living and studying in Britain and how their presence shaped British institutions. While focusing primarily on universities, it also looks at children in schools, at the cadets who went to Sandhurst, and at the trainee nurses recruited from around the world who propped up the health services as they worked for their qualifications.


A Social History of Student Volunteering: Britain and Beyond, 1880-1980: This book takes a long view of the experience of going to university in Britain over a hundred year period. It explores students' extra-curricular volunteering, fundraising, campaigning and protest activities in Britain and beyond to show that voluntary action was central to the emergence of a distinct student movement. It also considers the evolution of volunteering since the late nineteenth century through study of students' activities and argues that the universities made significant contributions to causes and campaigns ranging from educational reconstruction in 1920s Europe, relief for victims of fascism in the 1930s and international development in the 1960s. The book draws on rich historical sources and a wider range of student testimony than any earlier study to tell the fascinating story of how ordinary women and men students engaged with the pressing social and international problems of the twentieth-century.



About the authors

Hilary Perraton is a visiting fellow at LIDC and the Institute of Education. He is a historian who worked for many years in international education and is a former deputy chair of the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the United Kingdom.  His new book 'A history of foreign students in Britain', which concentrates on changing policies as well as on student experience, follows his previous 'Learning abroad: A history of the Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan' (Cambridge Scholars Publishing 2009).
Georgina Brewis is a historian of voluntary action, youth and education in modern Britain. Her recently completed book 'A Social History of Student Volunteering: Britain and Beyond, 1880-1980' takes a long view of the experience of going to university in the twentieth century, examining students' extracurricular volunteering, fundraising and social action activities. She also works on education in post-war London, the history of volunteering and the voluntary sector, and she is currently a co-investigator on a project funded by the Swedish Research Council examining voluntary famine relief in 1980s Ethiopia.