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  Item Reference: KCLCAL-1968-1969-377

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Annual Report of the Delegacy xxxv For number of years now it has been increasingly felt that univer- sity studies in practically every faculty were becoming too specialised and narrow The London single-subject Honours was beyond all doubt very fine specialist degree and was held in the highest esteem throughout the learned world but it was widely felt none the less that more broadly based degrees pursued over greater range of sub- jects could be of very great value in the modern very complex world This view was strongly supported by the Committee on Higher Education The Faculties of Arts and of Science in the University of London took this up with enthusiasm and devised large number of new combined studies courses which would certainly have gone long way towards carrying out the new ideas But new courses almost of necessity involve more accommodation more equipment more staff all depending on the availability of more money-and more money has just not been available in the present state of the national economy This has been very disappointing to all concerned Computer studies continue to develop with astonishing rapidity and have now become major element in university activity and major item of university finance for computers and their ancillary equipment are woefully expensive Computational studies and techniques are penetrating every field of activity not only in Science and Technology are they of vital importance but also in the Faculties of Arts Music and Theology and in general college administration and in the working of the library The cost of obtaining large computers has now passed beyond the means of single university college and their use on co-operative basis has had to be adopted under the surveillance of the Computer Board However the Government is unable to place at the Board's disposal sufficient funds to meet all the demands made upon it by individual universities and colleges and these therefore are com- pelled from their already scanty resources to make contributions to the finance of computing which seriously embarrass them and compel them to curtail expenditure on other desirable activities Computers have become an indispensable tool for all higher education and research and it is now urgent that more money be made available by the Govern- ment if universities are to play their full part in national and inter- national projects Shortage of funds combined with another restriction imposed by the University Grants Committee may soon have serious effect upon the recruitment and retention of academic staff There had been for number of years an agreement whereby the number of readers and
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