John Bull vs Stinkomalee: Tory opposition in the early days of the University of London by UCL Sound published on 2012/03/22 12:16:20 +0000 UCL Lunch Hour Lecture: John Bull vs Stinkomalee: Tory opposition in the early days of the University of London Professor Rosemary Ashton (UCL English Language and Literature) Date: 9th February 2012 (11 Feb anniversary of UCL foundation in 1826) In 1825 a group of liberal politicians, lawyers, dissenting ministers, Roman Catholics, and Jews came together to found a university in London aimed at those excluded from the two old-established English universities, where teachers and students were required to be subscribing Anglicans. To mark the anniversary of UCL's foundation on 11 Feb 1826 this lecture looks at the opposition to the new university among Tory politicians and journalists, especially in the ultra-Tory paper John Bull, which nicknamed the new institution 'Stinkomalee' in honour of the swampy rubbish dump on which the building was constructed between 1826 and 1828. UCL is consistently ranked as one of the world's top universities. Across all disciplines our faculties are known for their research-intensive approaches, academic excellence and engagement with global challenges. This is the basis of our world-renowned degree programmes. Visit us at www.ucl.ac.uk.