A university that started with 216 undergraduates now has 4100 students on its books. There were no colleges in 1963; there are now ten. A university that has a worldwide reputation started off in Heslington Hall (with refurbished stables.)
My mother cried when I set off for the University of York. My father looked a bit pinched. I’m sure they could not have known how difficult regular contact would become as I would queue with a pile of coins cupped in both hands by the three payphones after six or at weekends.