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The Problem of the University of London

Nature volume 92, pages 454455 (18 December 1913) | Download Citation



SINCE the article in our issue of December 11 was written, further events of importance have taken place. We referred in that article to the proposal of the Higher Education Sub-Committee of the London County Council to recommend the London County Council to invite the Senate of the University of London to express approval of Somerset House as a place for the further development of the University. The recommendation in fa\rour of this site was adopted by the Council at Tuesday's meeting, after discussion. The Council agreed, without a division, to an amendment proposing that, if the Government could not consent to the Somerset House suggestion, the Education Committee should be instructed to report on the proposal to establish the university on a site on the south bank of the river, “where it would form an important feature in the beautifying of London.” This proposal has something to be said for it from the point of view of the improvement of the amenities of London, but from the point of view of university policy it has nothing to commend it. If the south side of the river were chosen, nothing whatever would be achieved beyond the possible erection of a fine building for the university offices. No concentration of teaching institutions could possibly take place there, and, consequently, no university quarter could be created. The establishment of a university quarter is of the essence of the matter.

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