University Stipends and Pensions


    NO one disputes that “there is no organised intellectual unit higher or more comprehensive than a University,” and few, on reflection, would differ from Sir John Seeley in affirming that the education in England is what the Universities choose to make it. Not only are the Universities and institutions of University rank the highest product of our educational system, but they also have the power.of influencing the trend of thought and ideals in education to an incalculable degree. To a large extent, therefore, the advance to a higher plane of civilisation is dependent upon their free and untrammelled development. In pursuit of truth, whether in philosophy, or science, or technology, independent of material considerations, they are pioneers of research, blazing the trail for industry, commerce, and those human efforts which add to the sum of life's happiness. Anything which acts as an impediment or hindrance to this development cannot be viewed simply as an injury to the institutions themselves; it is an injury to the community, to the nation, and to civilisation. If this be true, one or two facts of capital importance require to be considered in the light of a few principles. For the moment, however, let us examine the broad relations of the State to the University.

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    University Stipends and Pensions. Nature 105, 477–479 (1920).

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