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THE Calendar of the Yorkshire College for the sixth session (1879–80) has just been published. It appears this year for the first time in stiff covers, and with the prospectus of the Leeds School of Medicine makes a book of 204 pages. The growth in the size of the calendar corresponds with the extension of the College curriculum, for several new classes are announced for the approaching session, which begins on October 7 next. Mr. W. Philp, M.A., B.Sc., has been appointed mathematical and classical tutor, and the College authorities have thus been able to arrange for a systematic oversight of students who are preparing for the examinations of the University of London. The Natural Philosophy lectures are now arranged in two courses. The first year's course comprises the requirements for London Matriculation, viz., Mechanics, Optics, and Heat; the second year courses, those for the B.A. and other degrees, viz., Mechanics, Heat, Acoustics, Light, Electricity, and Magnetism. The Chemistry Classes remain the same as last year. Students have the privilege of pursuing a course of practical chemistry in the laboratory at times convenient to themselves, and for such periods as they are able to devote to that study. The Saturday morning chemistry lecture and practical class are to be continued, schools and teachers having largely availed themselves of this opportunity in past sessions. The arrangements and the classes in Mathematics, Geology and Mining, Biology, Zoology and Comparative Anatomy, Botany, Civil and Mechanical Engineering, Latin, Greek, French, German, Oriental Languages, Coal Mining, and Textile Indus, tries remain for the most part unaltered, but the important subject of Mental and Moral Science has been added, Logic being taken in the earlier part of the session, and Psychology in the later part. The classes in Modern Literature and History have been multiplied and rearranged, so as to give a complete course in Literature and History for the London Matriculation and Ist B.A. examinations, a complete course on the special subjects in Literature and History for the Cambridge Higher Local examination, and a course of History for the Cambridge Senior and Junior Local examinations, besides other classes for students not reading for examinations. The fees in some of these classes are fixed on a very low scale, to meet the requirements of teachers and others preparing for the University Local examination. This is an endeavour to extend the usefulness of the college, which will, no doubt, be warmly appreciated by the large class of persons directly affected by it. The department of Textile Industries continues to receive the attention it deserves, and although the students cannot be located in their new premises at Beech Grove at the opening of the Session, as had been hoped, their interests have been amply provided for in the temporary class rooms and in the weaving annexe in Cookridge Street. The practical value of the instruction given by Mr. Beaumont is widely recognised, and we observe that the committee are doing what they can to impress on the students in this department the value of a thorough acquaintance with the most important branches of textile manufacture. Arrangements for the establishment of a school of dyeing are in an advanced state. In the evening classes there are to be courses of lectures on Mechanics, Chemistry, Geology, Biology, Botany, and Engineering, and classes in Latin, Greek, English Grammar, and Textile Industries. A somewhat bold experiment is to be tried by the introduction of two short courses of lectures of a more popular character than the ordinary evening class lectures.

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