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THE UNIVERSITY OF WALES. ANNUAL COLLEGIATE MEETING. The annual collegiatp. meeting of the Court of the University of Wales was held in the Assembly Room of the Town Hall, Cardiff, on Friday, the senior Deputy Chancellor (Dr. Isambard Owen) presiding over a large atten- dance. OBITUARY. Prior to the ordinary business, the Chairman proposed a vote of condolence with the rela- tives of the late Dean Vaughan, Archdeacon Griffiths, of Lhxndaff, and Colonel Roche, of Brecon. He alluded to the splendid examples furnished by their lives, and said that educa- tion had sustained a great loss by their death. Lord Tredegar seconded the motion, and paid a high tribute to the work accomplished by those great men during their distinguished careers. The proposition was carried in silence, the members of the Court upstanding. UNIVERSITY OFFICES. The Registrar (Mr. Ivor James) submitted communications from the Cardiff Town Council and the Welshpool Town Council as to offices for the University of Wales. The former stated that the Cardiff Council had resolved to place at the disposal of the University two rooms as offices for the use of the registrar during the nexb five years, and the latter invi- ted the Court to hold such of their meetings as might be convenient, in the Town Hall, Welsh- pool, and offered the use of the Town Hall for that purpose. The Chairman reported that lie and the Registrar had been deputed by the Executive Committee to make inquiries in this matter. They found that they could obtain additional accommodation at Newport, but they did not wish to interfere with the decision of the Court that was to be formed five years hence. They had been negotiating for a house at Brecon, and the question of rent was still under con- sideration. Neither of the offers had yet been accepted. The subject then dropped, votes of thanks being passed to the Cardiff and Welshpool Town Councils. THE WELSH ARMS. The Registrar next submitted a letter from the Town Clerk of the Corporation of Cardiff asking the Court to support the memorial of the Cardiff Corporation for the inclusion of the arms of Wales in the Royal Shield and Standard of the United Kingdom. The Chairman said they had no power within the Charter to deal with that. Alderman Grove thought it would be a suitable body to give support to the movement. Mr. D. E. Jones considered that if it were not within the province of the Court to deal with the matter under the Charter, neither would it be within the province of any town or county council. The Chairman replied that he wasgladhe was not called upon to give a ruling upon the points Mr. Jones had raised, but he assured the Court that it would not come within their Charter at all to support the proposal made, especially as they were asked to affix their seal to it. The subject was then dropped. THEOLOGICAL BOARD. The Rev. J. D. Watters moved the adoption of the report of the Theological Board. The regulations for the degree of B.D. were sanc- tioned without alteration for another year, as also was the syllabus for the first and second B.D. examination. Some discussion ensued upon a suggestion of the Board as to the forma- tion of a committee of studies' to advise the Board on the books to be set for examination; but it being pointed out that the Board already possessed the power to appoint such a commit- tee, the resolution was withdrawn. The Board of Examiners for the first and second B.D. examinations, 1898, were appointed a<: follows —Principals Reichel (Bangor) and Fairbairn (Oxford), ProfessorsRyle (Cambridge), Moulton (Cambridge), Adam Smith (Glasgow), Anwyl (Aberystwyth), and Gwatkin (Cambridge). It was explained that Professor Anwyl would take the place of Principal T. C. Edwards (Bala), whose name was omitted at his own special request. The only new examiner was Proiessor Gwatkin, and his services, it was hoped, would be required for the examination in early Church history. It was agreed that the Board should report to the next meeting of the Court as to what subjects should be substituted for Hebrew in the first B.D. examination in the case of can- didates who had passed the ordinary course in Hebrew. In view of the peculiar circumstances in which several of the theological colleges are now placed, owing to the death of the Princi- pals of the Baptist College, Bangor, the Inde- pendent College, Bala-Bangor, and the Memo- rial College, Brecon, the Theological Board asked the Court for leave to postpone the con- sideration of its report on the qualifications of the theological colleges for another year, and this was agreed to. Principal Roberts, the Vice Chancellor for the ensuing year, was elected a menlber and president of the Theolo- gical Board, while it was reported that the Board had appointed Mr. Ivor James, registrar, to be secretary, and the Rev. J. D. Watters to assist'him as hon. secretary. MATRICULATION FEE. The Standing Executive Committee recom- mended that the fee for matriculation by exemption be raised from £ 1. to £ 2. The senior Deputy Chancellor proposed that this be done, remarking that it was really necessary, in the interests of finance. Last year sixty candidates entered for the Welsh course through other avenues than the Welsh matri- culation examination. Mr. Brynmor Jones seconded. Professor Anwyl moved a direct negative. However necessary this might be some years hence, they ought not, at the pre- sent moment, to make it more difficult for pupils to enter upon their courses. Then there was the question of policy. They were en. deavouring to get such public bodies as the Iiic "porated Law to renown i«A examination, and ye*" it they doubled the fee they would he dip-- *g»i% pupils irom enter- the We": course. After a long dis- cussion, the Chaira an explained that there was no desire to add to the burden of Welsh students, hut there was the business side of the University to be considered. The University had to pay its expenses out of two sources— the fees paid by candidates and the subsidy paid by the Treasury, as to which they had been twice warned that the University was expected to be as self-supporting as possible. The degree fees of the Welsh University were exceptionally low, and there were reasons why these fees should be kept at the same low level. It did not appear to the Committee, from the facts before it, that the difficulty pressed so hard upon the students in the matriculation examination, which was the only examination out of which the University could be expected to make a profit. Upon a division the recom- mendation was adopted by 18 votes to 14. THE GILCHRIST SCHOLARSHIP. The Standing Joint Committee reported that Miss Joan Berenice Reynolds, B.A., assistant mistress at the Cardiff Intermediate Schools, had been awarded the Gilchrist Travelling Scholarship of XSO for the year 1897-8, and that .she had selected the following as her subject of inquiry:—'The teaching of geographv in Switzerland, including consideration of the appliances in use.' The manuscript of the report of Mr. W. Lewis, the Gilchrist Travell- ing Student for the year 1896-7, on the subject of Manual Instruction in France and Switzer- land,' was referred to the Vice-Chancellor, who had reported as follows:— Though I do not in every point agree with the views expressed by Mr. W. Lewis in his report on 'Manual I Instruction in France and Switzerland.' I consider that report a vigorous, straightfor- ward, and useful piece of first-hand work, which quite merits publication, and is likely to prove of some service if made accessible. The facts he gives would be difficult to unearth for oneself without making a special study of the subject, and it seems to me that the more facts we get to know about foreign schools and their methods, the better. In publishing, the photo- graphs and cuts should be reproduced their omission would more than halve the value of the text.' The Committee are endeavouring to make arrangements for publication accordingly. CONFERRING OF DEGREES. A I con,t-e-gtttion of the University was held at the Park Hall, Cardiff, in the afternoon, for the purpose of granting admission to degrees, this being the first degree-day of the Welsh University. The following are the names of the graduates: -B.Se., Miss Maria Dawson, University College, Cardiff. B A.: Mr. R. S. Forrester, University College, Car. diff, with first-class honours in Greek and Latin Mr. E. N. Jones, University College, Cardiff, and University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, with first-class honours in Heb- rew Mr. C. T. Reece, University College, Cardiff, with first,-class honours in pure and applied mathematics; Mr A. H. Birch, University College, Cardiff, with second class honours in Latin and third-class honouvs in Greek Mr. J. R. Thomas, University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, with second-class honours in Greek and third-class honours in Latin Mr. S. C. Williams, University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, with second-class honours in philosophy; Mr. T. Howat, University College, Caldift: and University College of Wales, with third-class honours in philosophy; Mr. H. E. Piggott, University College of Wales, with third-class honours in philosophy; Mr. J. I Cann, University Col- lege, Cardiff; Mr. 1)1. James, University Col- lege, Cardiff. B.Sc.: Mr. J. T. Jenkins, University College, Cardiff, and University College of Wales; Mr. S, Jones, University College, Cardiff Mr. H. O. Jones, University College of Wales; and Mr. C. E. Kemp, University College of Wales and University College, Cardiff. EVENING MEETING. At the evening meeting of the Court the Senior Deputy Chancellor expressed his pleasure at the success of the afternoon's func- tion and subsequently reported that satisfactory progress had been made with the proposed fellowship fund. Lord Tredegar had headed the subscription list with a guarantee of £ 100 for live years, while Lord Rendel had guaranteed f50 for five years. Mr. Henry Tate had subscribed £100 to the capital fund. All appeals so far made had been private, and something like X300 a year had naw been guaranteed (cheers). The Court spent several hours in discussing the report of the Senate. It was resolved to grant certificates of proliciency in connection with extramural courses of study pursued under the authority of a constituent college, and to ask the Science and Art Depart- ment to recognise elementary teachers who had attended courses in chemistry and botany in their relation to agriculture courses in agricul- ture, and a summer course in agricultural chemistry, as persons entitled to earn grants as teachers in agriculture. The registrar was asked in future to publish the examination re- sults in subjects completing a degree course immediately upon receiving the report of the Board of Directors, and without awaiting the results of other examinations. Many hours were spent in discussing schemes of study, which were eventually adopted.


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