redbrick university

redbrick university

noun (sometimes initial capital letters) British Informal.
1.
any new or little-known university, especially one built since World War II to educate students in industrial regions, emphasizing technical subjects rather than the classics, and often partially supported by government funds.
2.
any university lacking the prestige of Oxford and Cambridge.

Origin:
1940–45

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