THE distribution of prizes and medals to students of the Imperial College of Science and Technology by Sir William White, K.C.B., on October 7, may to some extent be regarded as the inaugural meeting of the college, since it was the first function of its kind at which the new rector, Dr. Henry T. Bovey, F.R.S., was present. In his remarks from the chair, Sir William White gave some particulars as to the work which has been accomplished by the governing body. He explained the objects of the new college, and said that a start has been made with existing institutions, but that branches of science and technology unrepresented in these institutions are to be added to the subjects in which instruction will be provided by the new college. Any higher instruction in technology which is provided in provincial institutions will, he said, be utilised, and every effort made to build up a great college capable of conferring advantages both upon the home country and the whole of the Empire. Referring to the appointment of the new rector, Sir William White remarked that in appointing Dr. Bovey the governing body has secured a man whose qualifications and experience represent in the happiest manner the imperial idea which will inspire the future work of the college. In conclusion, the chairman announced that it is hoped that in future years the honours gained by the students in each of the institutions included in the Imperial College will be presented at the same ceremony.