The history of student life: 7 things you didn’t know
From revelries to riots, British student life is filled with remarkable traditions and characters. Here, Ellie Cawthorne, who presented a BBC Radio 4 series that explores 900 years of student life, brings you some lesser-known facts about the history of British students
Students have long loved a bit of revelry
St Andrews is also known for its ‘Raisin Weekend’ – a longstanding tradition in which new students traditionally gave their ‘academic parents’ (older students) a pound of raisins for introducing them to the university community. In return for this gift of raisins – or wine nowadays – freshers are welcomed into the ‘academic family’ with two days of challenges and parties, ending in a massive foam fight. In the 1930s, revelry got so out of hand that celebrations were banned completely for three years. Outrageous behaviour and “the theft of female nightwear” were cited as causes for the ban.
Things could get violent
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