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xxxviii Annual Report of the Delegacy country with fully equipped undergraduate and postgraduate depart- ments Lack of space prevented King's from instituting first degree in the subject and from offering the wide facilities and attractions of the more up-to-date departments It so happened also that the death of Professor Watkins and the departure of the Lecturer Dr Morris to senior post in Canada left no academic staff in the department After long deliberation and with great reluctance the Chemical Engineering Committee therefore decided to recommend to the Delegacy that the postgraduate one-year course for the Diploma in Chemical Engineering be discontinued They added the strong hope however that should adequate accommodation ever become available King's College would resume on proper basis teaching and research in Chemical Engineering in which it has done such outstanding pioneer work During recent months the Ministry of Defence has approached selected university institutions with the possibility of establishing senior posts for teaching and research in fields of direct interest to the Ministry and of vital importance to the country King's College was invited to consider this proposal and as result of discussions with the Ministry has accepted their offer to provide for five years in the first instance sum of money adequate to establish teaching post of at least Lecturer grade in the Faculty of Laws The appointee will be normal member of the academic staff but some of his teaching and research will be in fields of special interest to the Ministry and its work The College hopes to make an appointment to this post early in the new session REBUILDING PLANS For many years the College has been slowly acquiring properties along its periphery on the Strand and on Surrey Street Protracted negotia- tions for rebuilding have been going on with the planning authority with the London Transport Executive with the Royal Fine Art Com- mission and with the National Trust and at long last all these negotia- tions have been brought to satisfactory conclusion In spite of recurrent periods of'stop' and 'go' of'freezes' and other hindrances the College has pressed on towards its goal and late in September demolition work began along the Strand The College must now face period of disturbance and discomfort but in about three years' time if all goes well and according to plan new frontage will have risen on the Strand and the departments now displaced will be moved to the
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