The years of rebuilding and rationing after the end of the Second World War had an inevitable
impact on educational provision and student life. However, as life got back to normal, hopes
for the future were renewed.
Legislation brought in new public services, including the National Insurance Act 1946 and
National Health Service Act 1948. Butler’s 1944 Education Act meant that education was extended. The school-leaving age was
raised to 15 and universal free education was provided
for all. The barriers to social mobility would lessen as
access to education increased.
During this period, increasing numbers of students began to enrol in higher education. This included women who were also accepted into previously prohibited professions, such as medicine.