HC Deb 06 March 1946 vol 420 cc85-7W
Mr. Stanley

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he is yet in a position to make a statement about the inter-university council for higher education in the Colonies, the establishment of which was recommended by the Commission on Higher Education in the Colonies.

Mr. Creech Jones

Yes, Sir. I have, in accordance with the Commission's recommendation, invited the universities of the United Kingdom, the University of Ceylon, the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, and the Royal University of Malta, to nominate representatives to serve on a body to be known as "The Inter-University Council for Higher Education in the Colonies."All these universities have accepted the invitation and their representatives, together with my educational adviser, will meet for the first time in London, on Friday, 8th March, 1946, when the Council will be formally set up. They will have power to co-opt additional members.

The members of the Council are:

A berdeen: Sir William Hamilton Fyfe, M.A., LL.D., F.R.S.C., Vice-Chancellor and Principal.

Belfast: Professor R. G. Basket, M.Sc., Professor of Agricultural Chemistry.

Birmingham: R. E. .Priestley, Esq., M.C., M.A., D.Sc, Vice-Chancellor and Principal.

Bristol: P. R. Morris, Esq., C.B.E., Vice-Chancellor.

Cambridge: J. A. Venn, Esq., Litt.D., F.S.A., President, Queen's College.

Ceylon: VV. Ivor Jennings, Esq., M.A., LL.B., Litt.D., LL.D., Vice-Chancellor.

Durham: J. F. Duff, Esq., M.A.. M.Ed., LL.D., Vice-Chancellor.

Edinburgh: Professor John Macmurray, M.C., M.A., Professor of Moral Philosophy.

Glasgow: Professor Noah Morris, D.Sc., M.D., Regius Professor of Materia Medica and Therapeutics.

Jerusalem [Hebrew University): Professor Norman Bentwich, M.A., Professor of the International Law of Peace.

Leeds: B. Mouat Jones. Esq., D.S.O.,M.A., Vice-Chancellor.

Liverpool: Professor J. G. Wright, M.V.Sc.,F.R.C.V.S., Professor of Veterinary Surgery.

London: Sir Alexander M. Carr Saunders, M.A., LL.D., Director, London School of Economics and Political Science.

Malta: Professor Robert V. Galea, O.B.E.,A. and C.E., Rector.

Manchester: Professor W. J. Pugh, O.B.E.,B.A., D.Sc. F.G.S., Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Professor of Geology.

Oxford: W. T. S Stallybrass, Esq., O.B.E.,D.C.L., Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Principal of Brasenose College.

Reading: Professor R. H. Stoughton, D.Sc., Professor of Horticulture.

St. Andrews: Sir James C. Irvine, Sc.D., LL.D., D.C.L., F.R.S., Vice-Chancellor and Principal.

Sheffield: Professor L. E. S. Eastham, M.A., M.Sc., Professor of Zoology.

Wales: Ifor L. Evans, Esq., M.A., Principal, University College of Wales, Aberystwyth.

C. W. M. Cox, Esq., C.M.G., M:A.,Educational Adviser to the Secretary of State for the Colonies.

Secretary: Walter Adams, Esq., O.B.E., B.A.

In the "Constitution and Terms of Reference "which I have given to the Council, the Council's objects are stated to be (a) to strengthen co-operation between the universities of the United Kingdom and the existing universities in Colonial territories, (b) to foster the development of higher colleges in the Colonies and their advance to university status and (c) to take such other action as will give effect to the principles recommended by the Commission as appropriate for the promotion of higher education, learning and research in the Colonies.

In addition to its general function of advising on academic policy, it is hoped that the Council will be ready to assist universities or colleges in Colonial terri- tories in the recruitment of staff, especially where it is desired to fill appointments by secondment from universities or colleges in this country.

The Council has not been asked to assume any responsibility for advising or placing individual men or women from the Colonies who wish to study in the United Kingdom, but I shall welcome any general assistance and guidance on policy which the Council can give bearing on the higher education of Colonial students outside their own territories.

An important function of the Council will be to arrange or to encourage visits between the home universities and the Colonial universities and colleges.