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The University of Oxford Appeal

Nature volume 139, pages 276277 (13 February 1937) | Download Citation



ON February 9, in speeches by Lord Halifax and others at the Goldsmiths' Hall in London, the appeal that the University of Oxford is making for money was launched. The capital sum aimed at is a million pounds, and some of the needs for which this sum is required are urgent. About a quarter of it is needed to ease the fund which the University has been accumulating for paying its share of the large cost of the extension to Bodley's library now being built. A similar amount is needed for the erection and equipment of new laboratories and other buildings. The remainder is required as a trust fund, the interest of which may be used to endow for a period of years new developments in any subject which looks promising, rather than be tied down to this particular subject or that. These needs are altogether separate from those of the medical school, which have been generously met by Lord Nuffield recently, and cannot be paid for out of his two million pounds gift. That gift, unlike some gifts, will not in any way be a liability on the University, but obviously the new school of clinical research which it is calling into existence, by quickening research throughout all departments of the University, must indirectly make new endowments of scientific departments a necessity. The needs for which the appeal is being made are, indeed, independent of, and of longer standing than, those of the medical school, and Lord Nuffield has recognized this by subscribing an additional £100,000 towards the million pounds required.

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