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The Faculty of Commerce and Manchester Economics, 1903–44

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The Manchester Faculty of Commerce was founded in 2003 by Sydney Chapman, who quickly developed it into the foremost British faculty of its kind. It also played an important role in the development of the teaching of economics, with many of its young appointees moving to head new economics departments at provincial universities. Student numbers continued to increase during the interwar years, but the most significant development during this period was the formation of a ‘Research Section’ in the early 1930s, on the initiative of John Jewkes. This was the first such research organization in a British university, and many of those who passed through it went on to senior positions in wartime economic administration. In 1944 the Faculty was reorganized into ‘Economics and Social Science’, reflecting the broad base for the teaching of economics, social administration and government which the original foundation had established.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: King's School, Worcester

Publication date: 2003-12-01

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