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Salient: Victoria University Students' Paper. Vol. 26, No. 9. 1963.

Mixed Hostels In UK

Mixed Hostels In UK

The new University of Lancaster will be the first British university with all students in mixed residential colleges. The Vice-Chancellor of the University said, that it always seemed to him that it is an obvious thing to put men and women in the same college. To segregate them in separate buildings is not appropriate to a modern university. None of the six other new universities have dared to provide mixed colleges or halls of residence. In fact only London, Aberdeen and Nottingham have completed mixed halls of residence, and those comprise only a small proportion of their student accommodation. Lancaster's initiative was welcomed by a National Union of Students spokesman.

The preliminary report on Lancaster describes other pioneering ventures. It will go further than any other new university since Keele In bridging the gap between science and the arts. There will be neither the traditional faculty structure nor the school system. Instead departments will be linked in a new flexible association offered by boards of studies, which can be readily adapted to the chanting pattern of courses. Students will be encouraged to take honours courses in both science and art subjects—to study science or mathematics, for example, in relation to economics or philosophy. The report says that the new university hopes to recruit academic staff "who desire to cross traditional lines between subjects, such as the line between economics and sociology." So far more than 900 applicants for posts have been received.

Student Mirror.