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The Scottish solution was different, placing authority for the training of teachers in the hands of the Secretary of State of Scotland, the Scottish Education Department, the four Central Colleges, the Episcopal and Roman Catholic Colleges and not the universities. This was an understandable continuity of the Scottish history of the training of teachers, which was much more firmly organised, recognised and prestigious than its equivalent in England and Wales. When the Report was produced three months before Mr Butler's Education Act on 27 April 1944, before the end of the war, it did not receive decisive political or public approval.
In addition the DSIR was interested in the professional societies, institutes and national research boards, and that width of association also helped to extend the contacts and the contexts for university-applied science. 18 The Board of Education through M'Cormick's Consultative Committee in 1916 foresaw the expansion ofthe universities that would come at the end of the war and by 1918 it was clear that a permanent University Grants Committee had to be set up and according to Berdahl, this common need of state-financed assistance was to prove the chief catalytic agent in turning the disparate British universities into something like a 'university system'.
Broadly speaking the powers and privileges of the two ancien universities survived until half way through the nineteenth century and thf government and the established church did not challenge them. Voices fo reform from within the two universities, such as Benjamin Jowett, Goldwir Smith, Mark Pattison and A. P. Stanley, from Liberal opinions ir Parliament, from critics in the Free Churches and the other religious anc secular groupings, from the other universities and from the townspoeple o Oxford and Cambridge resulted in the formation of a Royal Commission ir 1850 to concentrate on the statutes of the two ancient universities and thi.
Higher Education in Postwar Britain by W. A. C. Stewart (auth.)