THE function of the universities in relation to research needs in war-time may not be so well appreciated as other factors which at the present time are directing attention to their place in the national life of Great Britain. Like other educational institutions, their work has in many places been seriously disturbed by the exigencies of evacuation. Both research and teaching have been interrupted, and even where satisfactory and efficient arrangements have been made in the reception areas for the performance of those functions, great difficulties have frequently been met by students. These difficulties, for example, have deprived University College, London, and the London School of Economics of half their students. Although a number of evacuated university institutions are now expected to return to their normal quarters by the autumn term, there is sound reason in the appeal of the National Union of Students for a Government grant to enable students who would otherwise be deprived of their education to continue their studies.