The fact that the Colleges of Advanced Technology had come under the university grants system did not mean any dilution of their technical status, said the Secretary of State for Education and Science, Mr Anthony Crosland, speaking in a Commons debate on Higher Education. He said that the Robbins Committee, when recommending university status, stressed this, and added that it would be appropriate for it to be recognised in their titles and charters. That should not, of course, inhibit them from developing work in pure science as well as social studies, but technology and the application of science to economic needs should remain the core of their work. It was in that spirit that the Government, like the former Government, had welcomed the development of the colleges. He was glad to note that the first of the new draft charters to be submitted was for one of them to be called the Loughborough University of Technology.
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