|University of London|
The University of London is huge and is made up of 34 colleges, which are scattered all over the city. In total the colleges are home to more than 70,000 students, making it the largest University in Britain and also meaning that London has more students than any other city.
The university wasn't founded until 1826, when it was established as a centre of learning for non-Anglican students who were not allowed into Oxford or Cambridge. The liberal views of the University have continued throughout its history, for example it became the first British University to accept female students in 1878 and the first to employ a female professor in 1912.
University College in Gower Street, built in 1827, was the first building of the University of London. But the official headquarters of the University are to be found in Senate House, which first opened in 1936 and which is located in Malet Street.
The University's Museum of Egyptian Archaeology is also located on Malet Place and has an excellent collection of artefacts, including the oldest dress in the world. Another museum belonging to the University can be found on Gordon Square - the Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art.
Today the University of London specialises in science, technology, engineering, medicine, and the social sciences. It also has an observatory, first opened in 1929, which makes the University of London one of the few Universities in the country to offer degrees in astronomy.
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