HC Deb 01 May 1884 vol 287 cc1030-1

asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Whether there would be any objection, to direct that every Fellow of the University and every Examiner who receives pupils should for the future print for public circulation a complete and explicit syllabus of his lectures, with a full list of the works to which in his lectures he is in the habit of referring, said syllabus to be carefully revised each session; that a copy of such syllabus be forwarded, at the expense of the University, to all candidates in the special courses; that the calendars of the several colleges to which fellowships are allotted shall be published before the next ensuing University examinations begin, the addresses of the establishments where they are sold to be inserted in The Royal University Calendar?


So far as I have been able to ascertain, the preponderance of opinion among gentlemen in responsible positions in connection with the Royal University and the Queen's Colleges is not favourable to the proposition contained in the earlier part of the Question. The reasons given are rather of an argumentative character, and the very complicated nature of the proposals and of the objections to them—the Royal University being opposed, and the Queen's Colleges divided in the matter—renders the subject one which can hardly be satisfactorily dealt with in answer to a Question, but may properly be referred to the impending Commission. With regard to the suggested publication of the College calendars before the time fixed for the Royal University examinations, I believe that, in the case of the Queen's Colleges, this is already done. I am informed that they are published "two months, six months, and some months" before.