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The University of London and the Report of the Gresham Commissioners

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THE University of London is beyond question the Institution most nearly concerned with the recommendations of the Commissioners appointed to consider the draft charter for the proposed Gresham University in London. These proposals, as was pointed out in NATURE in March last (vol. xlix. p. 405), involve the reconstruction of the present University and the formation of a Senate and Convocation having powers differing considerably from those at present possessed by them. Importance would, under any circumstances, attach to the attitude assumed by either body towards the Report, and in the present case it is in no way lessened by the fact that in the charter of 1863 it is ordained that Convocation—that is, those graduates of the University who have attained a certain seniority and paid certain fees—shall have “the power of accepting any new or supplementary charter for the University, or consenting to the surrender of this our charter, or of any new or supplemental charter,” the consent of the Senate being also requisite before either acceptance or surrender becomes operative. This power of veto was exercised by Convocation in 1891, when a draft charter proposed by the Senate was rejected by a large majority, and the way made clear for University and King's Colleges to proceed with their petition for a separate University.

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