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University of Manchester and its Alumni

Nature volume 142, pages 787788 (29 October 1938) | Download Citation



THE second number of the Journal which the University of Manchester has established as a means of keeping its members in touch with its activities and plans maintains the high standard of its predecessor. A message and appeal to its graduates by the Vice-Chancellor is followed by a number of articles of more than local or passing interest. The School of History, the Physics Department, the University Settlement and Halls of Residence are discussed by Profs. E. F. Jacob and W. L. Bragg, Mr. Pilkington Turner and the wardens of two of the Halls. Mr. John Coatman, North Regional director of the B.B.C., writing on “The Significance of a Lancashire University in the Community”, argues ingeniously that the circumstances of to-day call for a vision of international economic and political relations as clear and fruitful as that which gave Lancashire its greatness a century ago, and that, to meet this need, its universities, the county's “great intellectual power-houses”, should devote themselves increasingly to the “philosophical study of the principles of human association, examination of the economic and political forces at Work inside and between nations, and clear-sighted, intelligible analysis of the forces which mould public opinion, determine national policies, and thus in the end control international relations”. Furthermore, he urges that in the systems of education which come within their influence they should give an increasing bias to such studies and especially the study of the British Commonwealth of Nations, as an example of a new kind of political association between free and independent peoples, based on principles which are universally and permanently valid.

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