During the early 20th century the Harris Institute gradually began to offer university-level learning to the people of Preston.
The early years of the 20th century saw the introduction of day classes leading to university entrance exams, bringing the benefits of higher education within reach of the people of Preston.
Over the years that followed there would be a gradual move towards higher level education.
At the turn of the century professors from the Victoria University (the federal institution which incorporated Owens College in Manchester, University College Liverpool and Yorkshire College in Leeds) joined the Harris Institute Council. Dr R Wallace Stewart, Principal of the Harris Institute, introduced several higher-level day courses which enabled students to prepare for London University’s entrance exams, some final BA and BSc exams, and the Victoria University’s preliminary course.
Students who completed the Victoria University’s exams could then complete a full degree by spending just two years there.