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Annual Report of the Delegacy xxxiii average but we had come to accept that for the forseeable future the size of this place would remain much the same Growth in the next quinquennium may well be substantially lower still if there is no national need to use such spare capacity as we have in science and engineering We have now 152 full-time equivalent undergraduates and 684 postgraduate students The provisional targets given to us for 1976-77 are 291 undergraduates which includes students abroad and 712 postgraduates This is not much of an increase but there were some helpful increases in grants promised for modest but much desired developments unrelated to increased student numbers-notably in Laws and Music-for the improvement in some areas of staff student ratios and for the improvement of our administration and library Our allocation from the Court for this quinquennium showed that there would be little significant financial improvement overall in the first two years 1972-73 and 1973-74 but the last two 1975-76 and 1976-77 would present better picture But to what extent this will have been eroded by recent cuts in recurrent grants remains to be seen We have none the less already embarked upon developments in Laws and Music and begun to effect improvements elsewhere The reduc- tion of recurrent grant in real terms will present us with considerable difficulties particularly since an increase in real terms in expenditure under some heads above all on the library and in departmental main- tenance is already urgently needed The administrative skills we dis- pose of on the financial side will be severely taxed here but the College is fortunate in being particularly strong in this area We owe much to the Finance Officer foresaw last year the emergence of considerable difficulties before long in academic staffing The government has warned that the Universities are generally to be financed on the assumption that by 1980 the staff student ratio standing at present in the College at 87 near the national average should be allowed to worsen to 10 This could have meant if we continued to fill vacancies as these arose that from 1976 onwards we could make no new appointments except on retirement and would have static and ageing academic establish- ment As first step in controlling this development we have ceased to accept the automatic filling of departmental vacancies Each must now be justified in terms of staff student ratios in the light of this worsening position The Advisory Committee on Staff now assumes new importance But this will be national problem predict the recognition of
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