red brick university
From the memoir Redbrick University by Edgar Allison Peers, whose titular university is based on the University of Liverpool. Liverpool, like most urban universities of the late-19th and early-20th centuries, extensively uses red clay bricks in its architecture.
- (Britain) any traditional British university other than Oxford or Cambridge, especially one founded in the Victorian age in a large city
- "It took a while before he told me his background: a happy childhood; two degrees - a bachelor’s from a red brick university and an Oxbridge PhD; a relatively high-flying job in academia that he liked rather than loved." -- Adrian Turpin, Financial Times, "Not tonight darling, I'm online", March 31, 2006. Retrieved March 31, 2006, from http://news.ft.com/cms/s/c65a4966-bfbb-11da-939f-0000779e2340%2C_i_rssPage=daa36138-ce4f-11d7-81c6-0820abe49a01.html.