Under Dee, Glasgow became the proud host to a cutting-edge 300 MeV electron synchrotron, located in the basement of the custom built Basil Spence Natural Philosophy building. (Bruno Touschek, who is known as the father of collider accelerators, was an early research student under Dee at the beginning of this era.) There were perhaps not more than ten academic staff engaged in the construction and exploitation of this (commercially manufactured) machine for photoproduction studies up to the first nucleon resonance, (Gething Lewis, John Rutherglen, Ted Bellamy, Bill Williams, Phil March, Arthur Cockroft, Derek Stewart, Dennis Dixon, Jimmy Atkinson and Walter McFarlane).
There were the usual teething troubles in commissioning the machine, of course, so that it only reached its highest level of productivity in the early sixties, after my arrival as a (non-particle physics) Ph.D. student in 1960. Many of the postgraduates students of that era, (e.g. David Leith, Erwin Gabathuler, Ewan Paterson, Jimmy Walker, Jim Prentice), went on to highly successful careers in experimental particle physics, often as part of the "brain drain" to the U.S.A. that was a major concern at the time. One notable reversal of this trend was when Ian Hughes returned from Duke University to set up the Glasgow bubble chamber group. Postgraduate students in those days were expected to get their hands pretty dirty, generally, helping to construct detectors (cloud and bubble chambers, scintillation counters, liquid hydrogen targets for example), and even to participate in the operation of the Glasgow accelerator. Although apparatus was less sophisticated then, it is worth commenting that the annual Departmental equipment budget, supplied under the "Dual Support" model from University and DSIR/SERC/PPARC (now STFC), was probably not much different numerically from what is allocated currently!