Third oldest university in England debate

Third Oldest University In England Debate

Third oldest university in England debate

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The title of third-oldest university in England is a topic of much debate, with prime contenders for the title usually being considered to include University College London, King's College London, Durham University and the University of London, however deciding which is truly the 'oldest' depends on largely on the definition of university status. The third university to be founded in England was unquestionably the medieval University of Northampton (est. 1261), however this institution only survived until 1265 and is not connected to the present day University of Northampton, a 1975-established university college awarded university status in 2005.

Several English higher education institutions either explicitly claim the distinction or assert a foundation that predates the conventional date for another claimant,"Being old is good for a university, so when Durham advertised itself this week as 'England's third oldest university', University College, London, immediately sought to put the record straight." "Being part of a university is also part of the attraction of Durham Business School....
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