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University of London Computing Services

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0096 UoL/CP
Held at: Senate House Library, University of London
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Full title: University of London Computing Services
Date(s): 1966-1987
Level of description: Subfonds of the University of London
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Extent: 101 folders and 2 envelopes
Name of creator(s): University of London | University Computing Services
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Administrative/Biographical history:

A Joint Committee on Computing Facilities (JCCF) was established in 1965 in order to advise on the provision of computer facilities within the University. The members of the JCCF were nominated by the Academic and Collegiate Councils. A sub-committee and the Technical Co-ordination Committee served the JCCF. In 1968 additional committees were adopted to co-ordinate finance and development of the centres, that participated in the University Computing Services.

The Central Co-ordinating Committee-Computer Services (CCC-CS) was the de facto executive for the computer services from 1969 to 1987. It was originally served by three sub-committees: Users, Director's (later Computer Services Management) and Planning, to which a fourth was added, Allocation of Resources, in 1973. The CCC-CS was also advised by the Standing Medical Computing Committee, which was recognised as a sub-committee of the CCC-CS in 1982.

As the University computing facilities grew, the need for an evaluation of overall policy was recognised and in January 1984 a London Computing Policy Committee was formed. A Policy sub-committee, formed primarily of the chairmen of the other sub-committees met from 1985 to 1987.

In 1987 the Joint Planning Committee of the Court and Senate commissioned a "Review of Academic Computing Resources and Management" (known as the McMullen Report). The report recommended, among other things that "the federal academic computing committee structure should be radically revised with one formal Computing Policy Committee reporting directly to the Joint Planning Committee." The existing committee structure was, accordingly, dissolved at the end of the 1986 / 1987 academic year.


Scope and content/abstract:

The collection comprises meeting papers for the Joint Committee on Computing Facilities, Central Co-ordinating Committee Computing Services, Users' Sub-Committee, Directors' Sub-Committee, Computing Services and Management Sub-Committee, Managers Panel, Software Management Panel, Planning Sub-Committee, Allocation of Resources Committee, Standing Medical Computing Committee, London Computing Policy Committee, Policy Sub-Committee and publications by the University Computing Services.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

1. Committee and Panel Meeting Papers. 2. Publications.

Conditions governing access:

Open except for records exempt under the Data Protection Act or the Freedom of Information Act. Please contact the University Archivist for details. 24 hours notice is required for research visits.

Conditions governing reproduction:

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

Finding aids:

Catalogued online. A handlist is available in the Special Collections reading room. A pdf is also attached to the sub-fonds description.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

University of London Computing Services.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Senate House Library also holds archives of the University of London Computer Centre (ref. UoL/ULCC).

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Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:

Rules or conventions:

Date(s) of descriptions:
1999-08-31 Simon McKeon, 2011-03-22 Jane Kirby

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