Curzon (1909)

Principles and Methods of University Reform (text)

Lord Curzon of Kedleston (1909)
Principles and Methods of University Reform

Oxford: The Clarendon Press

Background notes

George Curzon (1859-1925) (pictured) was a Conservative statesman who served as Viceroy of India from 1899 to 1905 and as Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs from 1919 to 1924.

In 1907 he was elected Chancellor of the University of Oxford and threw himself energetically into the cause of university reform.

His 1909 book Principles and Methods of University Reform, which he described as 'a Letter to the University of Oxford' set out his thinking on how the University should be reformed. It followed the publication in December 1908 of Oxford and Working-class Education: a report by a joint committee of Workers' Educational Association and University representatives

Some of Curzon's views - such as his concern that Oxford should welcome suitable candidates from state secondary schools - were progressive; others - such as his view that women should not be allowed to sit on the University's governing bodies - less so.

His recommendations are summarised in Chapter IX (pages 210-215).

The above notes were prepared by Derek Gillard and uploaded on 25 September 2018.