Don't know about uni, but when I was at school we never had bank holidays either, and of course hospitals etc don't.
So do all outpatient clinics etc carry on as normal where you are? Definitely not in the trust DH works for (says she, having checked quickly that he was actually meant to be at home today
). The leisure centre we use has just gone onto a continuous programme for swimming lessons rather than following school terms, though - it will be interesting to see how many people turn up this week (leaving aside those whose parents had already booked holidays before we were told of the change)!
I was at LSE in the 80s and I'm fairly sure we had bank holidays there then. I must admit I hadn't given it much thought.