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University of London Collegiate Council

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0096 UoL/CC
Held at: Senate House Library, University of London
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Full title: University of London Collegiate Council
Date(s): 1929-1994
Level of description: Subfonds of the University of London
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Extent: 38 volumes, 31 bundles, 75 boxes
Name of creator(s): University of London | Collegiate Council
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Administrative/Biographical history:

The Collegiate Council was created on the recommendation of the Hilton Young Report (1926) by the Statutes of 1928, with the aim of strengthening the voice of the Schools of the University in the constitutional apparatus and avoiding the faction fighting in the Senate, which had characterised it from 1900. The composition of the Collegiate Council varied, but it initially comprised of the Vice-Chancellor, the Principal and the heads of Schools.

Statute 80 defined the Collegiate Council's duties as:

Enabling each School to take an appropriate and adequate share in University teaching.Securing the most advantageous distribution among the institutions of teachers, equipment and facilities for study and research on such matters as the Senate may prescribe.

However, the Collegiate Council never acquired the influence that the Hilton Young Commission had intended, particularly in the respect of the allocation of resources. Instead it concentrated mainly on the management of central student facilities, such as Athletic Grounds and the University of London Union and such matters which fell exclusively with in the jurisdictions of Schools. For example the creation of a uniform policy on non-Appointed Teachers and members of technical, clerical and clinical staffs.

In 1980, as part of the wider changes in the governance of the University, the terms of reference of the Collegiate Council were redrawn. The duties of the Collegiate Council now included:

to encourage co-operation between Schools;
to make recommendations to the Senate on all matters for which coordinated policies or actions between or on behalf of the Schools appears desirable to the Council;
to formulate the collective view of Heads of Schools and Senate Institutions;
to advise Senate on matters affecting student members of the university which do not fall primarily within the responsibility of individual Schools or of the Academic Council;
to appoint, on behalf of the Senate, bodies to manage such residential, sporting, social and other recreational amenities for students of the University;
to exercise such powers as the Senate may delegate to it.


Scope and content/abstract:

The collection, 1929-1991, consists of minutes of Collegiate Council Meetings (CC 1); minutes and appendices of Sports Facilities committees (CC 2); minutes of various Student Accommodation committees (CC 3); and the minutes and records of various Ad Hoc Committees (CC 4).
There are also 67 boxes of uncatalogued material (Ref. CC) containing material dating from 1935-1999. This includes minutes, papers on Halls of Residence, working party papers, correspondence, Student Administration papers, papers on the University of London Union constitution, staffing papers, Hayter Travel Awards papers and General Collegiate Council Administration papers.

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Open except for records exempt under the Data Protection Act or the Freedom of Information Act. Access to the records for the purposes of private study and personal research is possible within the controlled environment and restrictions of the Library's Palaeography Room. Access to archive collections may be restricted under the Freedom of Information Act. Please contact the University Archivist for details.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies may be made, subject to the condition of the original. Copying must be undertaken by the Palaeography Room staff, who will need a minimum of 24 hours to process requests.

Finding aids:

Catalogue: Archive of the University of London, 1988.

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Date(s) of descriptions:
1999-08-31 Simon McKeon, 2006-08-23 Michael Broadway

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