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University of London External Council

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0096 UoL/EC
Held at: Senate House Library, University of London
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Full title: University of London External Council
Date(s): 1900-2002
Level of description: Subfonds of the University of London
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Extent: 107 volumes, 15 bundles, 42 boxes
Name of creator(s): University of London | External Council
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Administrative/Biographical history:

The External Council was established as The Council for External Students under the 1900 statutes made for the University of London by the Commissioners appointed under the University of London Act 1898.

The Council consisted of the Chancellor, Vice-Chancellor, the Chairman of Convocation, members of the Senate appointed by Convocation, and members of the Senate elected by the Senate.

Despite the University of London Acts 1926 and 1978 the functions of the External Council remained the same. Statute 77, passed under the University of London Act 1978, defined the Councils duties as to 'advise the Senate and to exercise such executive powers as the Senate may delegate to it in respect of:

the establishment of degrees, diplomas and certificates of proficiency for External Students;
the preparation of syllabuses of study for External Students and the giving of advice and guidance to such students preparing for a degree, diploma or certificate of proficiency;
the regulation, conduct and superintendence of examinations for External Students and the appointment of Examiners for such examinations;
the admission of External Students under suitable conditions to University courses of instruction and to University libraries etc;
the conditions under which the Higher School Examination or examinations for the General Certificate of Education may be accepted in whole or in part as the equivalent of Intermediate or Preliminary examinations for External Students;
such other matters as the Senate may prescribe'.

In the academic session 1984-1985 the External Council became a committee of the Academic Council, the 'Committee for External Students'.


Scope and content/abstract:

The collection, 1900-1984, contains minutes and papers of: the External Council (EC 1) and Committees and sub-committees (EC 2). The collection also includes papers created by the Advisory Service for External Students (EC 3); photographs of External Council members (EC 4); a card register of external students claiming and obtaining exemptions under the 'Scheme for Examination of War Students' (EC 5) and examiners' reports on external candidates for higher degrees (EC 6).
There are also 42 boxes of uncatalogued material (Ref. EC) containing material dating from 1947-2002. This includes minutes, working party papers, external programme course guides, reading lists and syllabuses, Boards of Studies for External Students papers, Development of Courses papers, Publications, Wye College papers and correspondence of the External Registrar.

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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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