University of Morwall

University of Morwall
Coat of arms of the University of Morwall.svg
Other name
Solarian: Universitas Mariniana
MottoSolarian: In nil sapiendo vita non iucundissima est
Motto in EstmerishThere is no bliss in ignorance
TypePublic research university
Establishedc. 1298; 723 years ago (1298)
Budget€10.413 billion
ChancellorPeer Dominic Penderghast
Vice-ChancellorJoanne Balgreave
Academic staff
37,037 (2020)
Administrative staff
19,258 (2020)
Students120,834 (2020)
Undergraduates85,782 (2020)
Postgraduates35,052 (2020)
Location,
CampusUrban
Colours
Affiliations
Websitemorwall.ac.es

The University of Morwall is a collegiate public research university centred in Morwall, Estmere. The university recieved its royal charter in 1307, having been first established in 1298. This makes Morwall one of the oldest universities in continuous operation, and the third-oldest university in Estmere. It is one of the three ancient universities which make up the prestigious Molbridge triangle, along with Damesbridge and Tolbury.

As a collegiate institution, the University of Morwall is comprised of 29 constituent colleges. Every student is a member of one college. The colleges are semi-autonomous and self-governing, with their own internal structures and actitivies. The colleges themselves can be further divided into 21 ancient colleges, which provide a well-rounded education, and 8 collegiate institutes, which are structured around a single subject focus. The university is pluricentric, without a main campus, with facilities and buildings scattered throughout the city. It is one of Euclea's wealthiest universities by endowment size, with a total income in the fiscal year ending 2020 of €12.324 billion, of which €1.907 billion was from research grants.

The university has one of the largest academic library networks in the world, home to over 15 million books. Morwall is by far the largest university by number of students in Estmere, with a student body totalling just over 120,000 students. The majority of these are undergraduate students, but Morwall also awards the highest number of doctoral degrees in Estmere. It is a founding member of the 1994 League and the ET10.

Morwall has produced a number of notable alumni, providing 6 post-war prime ministers of Estmere, many other heads of state and government across the former Estmerish Empire including a number of Fathers of the Nation, and a number of renowned scientists, politicians, lawyers, philosophers.

History

Foundation

The University of Morwall was founded for the most part in 1298, when it began teaching in the growing capital of Morwall. The university was founded by scholars from the prestigious universities at Damesbridge and Tolbury, who had fled to the capital following similar altercations with the Duke of Damesbridge and the Earl of Tolbury respectively, as part of the wider Counts' Rebellion stage of the Great Anarchy. The scholars petitioned King Clovis I for protection, a request which was granted. Eventually, enough scholars had gathered in Morwall to form the core of a new university, under the King's protection. The university was granted a royal charter in 1307, officially recognising it, granting it exemptions from taxes, and granting it the right to discipline its members.

Age of Discovery

Horsforth House, the main administrative building, in 1787.

The discovery of the Asterias by Assim Asteris in 1488, and the Asterian exchange which it brought about, greatly impacted the university. This was combined with the rinnovosi in Vespasia, a series of advances in art, philosophy and literature. Though the rinnovosi were separate events, and limited to modern-day Etruria, their influence could be felt at Morwall, with liberal arts and the classics increasingly taught. Over time, scholasticism and its associated methods of teaching and subject foci were eventually abandoned, as the university transitioned to more modern forms of education.

The Amendist Reaction had an even greater impact on the university. It became a hotbed of non-conformism, and gave rise to a number of new Amendist sects. The embrace of Amendism led to the flight of a number of Catholic scholars southward, with many eventually settling at the universities of Rayenne and Povelia. The university fell out of favour with the monarchy in the 16th century, largely for harbouring non-Communion dissidents, and lost a significant proportion of its funding as a result. The university recovered by the 17th century, and along with the two other ancient universities codified its statutes.

Modern period

The Academy of the Natural Sciences, the first collegiate institute, was founded in 1907.

Morwall grew rapidly at the onset of the Industrial Revolution, emerging as a major urban centre and a manufacturing powerhouse. In this environment, the university changed as well. While Damesbrigde and Tolbury were situated in university towns, Morwall took advantage of its urban status. It massively expanded its programs in the natural sciences, particularly in chemistry in which it soon became a world-leader.

This coincided with the establishment of the first of the collegiate institutes, the Academy of the Natural Sciences, which aimed to provide a good education in the natural sciences that was seen to be lacking at the ancient colleges. After the graduation of Albrecht Döuer, the Döuer Institute of Social Science was also established, providing one of the first formal recognitions of the social sciences. The Institute soon became a centre for psychological research.

The university also gradually loosened its entry requirements; the hefty tuition fees were dropped significantly a number of times, women were admitted starting in 1888, and a number of grants became available for the brightest minds of the working class. The aim was to create a university where intelligence, rather than material means, determined admission. This aim was not truly fulfilled until the post-war period. The size of the student community grew gradually throughout the 19th century, and exploded in size following the Great War. The academic staff also increased in number, bolstered by academics who had fled from functionalism and authoritarian republicanism. Despite its growth, the university remained renowned as a prestigious institution.

University constituency

Along with Tolbury and Damesbridge, Morwall was one of the original university constituencies in Estmere. It was joined by the University of Outhall in 1808, and by a number of other institutions in 1911. From 1738 until the constituency's abolition in 1938, the University of Morwall sent 2 MPs to the Chamber of Commons. As with all the university constituencies, the University of Morwall's electorate did not cover a geographical area, but the alumni of the institution. While Tolbury and Damesbridge were considered Traditionalist safe seats, Morwall leant toward the United Liberal Party.

Women's education

Women were prevented from attending Morwall until 1888, when the university by-laws were updated to allow for the admission of upper class women at the behest of Sophia of Werania and king Edward V. The first women's college was founded in 1893 as St Chloe's College, named for the saint of the same name, and this was quickly followed by Our Lady's College in 1897. These colleges became coeducational starting in 1975, but still retain unique characters. Male privilege at the university persisted, however, until after the Great War.

Location

Organisation

Administration

Colleges

Ancient colleges

Collegiate institutes

Affiliations

The university is a founding member of the 1994 League, a group of highly-ranking Estmerish research universities. It is also part of the prestigious Molbridge triangle along with Damesbridge and Tolbury. It is a core member of the ET10 Universities, a union of the most prestigious east Euclean universities. It is also part of the broader Estmerish University Group and the Concordance eucléenne.

Academic profile

Student life

Student union

The Nexus, MUSU's main building.

Students at the University of Morwall are represented by the Morwall University Students' Union, also known by its acronym MUSU. As with other students' unions in Estmere, MUSU aims to represent students at the university and to act on their behalf, while also providing services to the student body. These services include the operation of two nightclubs, three bars, one cinema and a number of other entertainment venues across the city.

The union is also responsible for facilitating and supporting student societies at the university. These can range from recreational societies such as the Morwall Boating Society to political societies such as the Morwall Social Democratic Society and Sotirian Students of Morwall.

The students' union has separate branches for each of the colleges, but the union as a whole is a distinct entity. The union is led by the Union Council, which is comprised of seven full-time officers and twenty part-time officers, all of whom are elected and are responsible for representing a specific section of the student body. Participation levels in union elections tend to be low, and the union has a reputation for getting involved in national political disputes.

Notable alumni