HC Deb 06 August 1867 vol 189 cc959-60

said, he rose to ask the Vice President of the Committee of Council, Whether, in the offer to Sir Robert Kane of the post of Dean of Faculty of the College of Science in Dublin, any conditions were mentioned as to the time he was to devote to the duties of the office?


said, he thought the best answer he could give to the Question of the hon. Member, would be to read an extract from the letter of Mr. Corry to the Secretary of the Treasury, dated November 26, 1866, and the Minute under which Sir Robert Kane had been appointed— It follows, if this position be correct, that some layman of administrative capacity and of sufficient distinction to carry weight, but unbiased by any special scientific predilections, would, if one were required, be a proper head of an institution of this nature. At present, however, we cousider a Council of Professors, with a Dean of Faculty, to be an organization more adapted to the requirements of a College of Science. The Dean would be the organ of the Professors in all communications with the Science and Art Department. He would preside at all meetings, where he should have a casting vote, and generally represent the professorial body.…. Such an arrangement would appear best adapted to induce general co-operation and harmony with energetic action. An honorarium of £100 should be attached to the office of Dean of Faculty. The Minute was as follows:— My Lords propose, therefore, that Sir Robert Kane, if he should be willing to accept it, and would devote the necessary time for constant attendance shall be appointed permanent Dean of Faculty, and receive the honorarium of £100 per annum attached to the post.