Salient: Victoria University Students' Paper. Vol. 28, No. 2. 1965.
It Is unfortunate, although inevitable, that the Churchill Memorial Fund should have been subjected to much needless criticism before it has got properly under way.
So far, the Trust has not been established, and the organising committee, which has been responsible for all the preliminary work, has been deliberately general in its elaborations on the aims and objectives of the Fund.
Nevertheless some elaboration has been felt necessary, and this information has now been released. It is obvious that this Trust will not only be honouring Winston Churchill but will also be serving New Zealand and New Zealanders particularly well.
The granting of fellowships will not be restricted to any particular class of applicants. It is possible to go through the alphabet from artisan to zoologist, and find a wide range of occupations from which selected fellows may come. They may be men or women, their racial origins will be of no significance, they may belong to any party (or none at alb, and their church affiliations will have no relevance.
Fellowships will be awarded to people not as rewards for past efforts and services, but rather as investments which will benefit the holders and through them the people of New Zealand. Clearly, past performance will be one of the criteria by which applicants for fellowships will be judged. But it will be used as a method of predicting the probable degree of Future success on the holder's return to New Zealand. In other words, an applicant will need to show evidence of ability to profit by a period of study and travel overseas.
It is expected that some fellowships may be granted to people from Commonwealth and other countries who by visiting New Zealand can provide ideas and stimulus to their colleagues in this country. In principle, the same tests of eligibility will be applied to such people as will apply to New Zealanders overseas.
If New Zealanders receive fellowships and go overseas, they will probably want to do a variety of things. Some will profit by spending Time in workshops or laboratories alongside people like themselves, learning new techniques, engaging in discussions, seeing new equipment, taking part in experimental work not usually done in New Zealand. Others may gain most by travelling through a country, seeing at first hand what they have previously only read about and by meeting face to face men and women known to them only by name.
Others may gain much benefit and bring back to New Zealand more profit by attending, say, a series of conferences in their special fields of interest. Some, again, will undertake refresher courses of study in overseas institutions. These are but a few examples of how the holders of fellowships might use their opportunities; there are many more specific examples that can be thought of.
The organising committee hopes that the Trust when established will take a generous view of its responsibilities, by making grants that are substantial enough to relieve the holders of any financial cares while they are overseas.
Course of ten Lectures in Biblical Studies
"Introduction to the New Testament"
given by the Chaplain each Monday. 1-2 p.m., in C4.
Commencing 15th March.
Under the auspices of the N.Z.
Council for Christian Education.
Wellington now has a 'split' bus service—the inner route (with its destination signs coloured green) and the outer route (with its destination signs coloured red). Both services have stops at the Government-Department building bus stop, and both run 5 buses per hour, at equal intervals.
Two enterprising students intended to travel by the outer route catching a bus which left the bus stop in question at 1.47. However, after a hearty lunch at a certain well-known city hotel, they both dropped off to sleep. When they awoke, they had no idea of the time, for one of them had come out without his watch, and the other, who had forgotten to wind his time-piece, could see that the time of 10.30 shown by his otherwise excellent chronometer was palpably untrue.
So they set off to catch the first bus that came along. "Sure to be an inner route" said the first student resignedly. "Ah no," said the second student, who had a few more clues. "The chances are two to one that it will be an outer route." Furthermore, this student with the few more clues was right.
At how many minutes after the hour do the inner route buses pass the bus stop in question?
Incidentally, the length of the table traversed by the miniature turtle in his adventures recounted in the last issue, was 72 inches.
Following a decision of Commonwealth Ministers at the Trade and Economic Conference at Montreal in 1958, the first Commonwealth Education Conference was convened at Oxford in 1959 to initiate the scheme now known as the Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan. One of the basic purposes of the Plan was the sharing of the educational facilities of the Commonwealth by the establishment of scholarships.
The New Zealand Government agreed to participate in the scheme and offered ten scholarships annually in addition New Zealand pioneered the establishment of Prestige Fellowships within the Plan. These Fellowships administered by the New Zealand Scholarship and Fellowship Committee enable the Universities of New Zealand to nominate eminent academicians for short visits of six weeks to one academic year. These visits have proved most stimulating.
During 1964 Mr. J. B. Cragg, Director, the Nature Conservancy, Merlewood Research Station, of Lancashire and Professor S. G Raybould, Professor of Adult Education and Director of Extramural Studies in the University of Leeds visited New Zealand. Professor Raybould was able to offer valuable advice during a period of re-organisation of Adult Education in New Zealand.
1965 promises to be a vintage year for visits by Prestige Fellows.
To date Sir John Eccles, a Nobel Prize winner and one time Professor of Physiology In the University of Otago and Professor B. Gale, Professor of Chemical Microbiology at Cambridge, have visited New Zealand. Other visitors during the current academic year will include the following:—
Miss Alma Reid, Director, school of Nursing, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario who will advise on nursing training in New Zealand.
Professor O. H. K. Spate, Professor of Geography in the Research School of Pacific Studies in the Australian National University.
Sir Ronald Syme (a New Zealander) Camden Professor of Ancient History at Oxford.
Professor D. G. Creighton, Professor of History, University of Toronto.
Professor O. M. Bulman, Professor of Geology. University of Cambridge.
Professor E. L. Hirst, Professor of Chemistry, University of Edinburgh.
Sir Patrick Linstead. Rector of Imperial College, London.
Salient intends to publish interviews with some of these Prestige Fellows when they arc in New Zealand.
While the regular reporting staff of Salient will be considered for these interviews, preference will be given to any student who has a special interest and knowledge of the subject of the Prestige Fellow whom he wishes to interview.
Accordingly, if any student wishes to interview any of these Fellows, he or she is invited to call at the Editorial room and discuss the matter further with the Editors.
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