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University of London Union

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0096 UoL/UN
Held at: Senate House Library, University of London
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Full title: University of London Union
Date(s): 1911-1996
Level of description: Subfonds of the University of London
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Extent: 43 volumes, 308 bundles, 11 single sheets, 42 boxes
Name of creator(s): University of London | University of London Union
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Administrative/Biographical history:

In 1952 the University of London Union and the University of London Athletic Union became one body under the title University of London Union. Three years later the first stage of the Union building was opened in Malet Street. The Union Building is open to all members of the Union and contains a restaurant, bar, sports facilities, an Assembly Hall and rooms for Union members.

The Union provides for social, cultural, intellectual and recreational student activity on a University and intercollegiate basis, supplementing the facilities of the College Unions. The Union also represents the views of students to University authorities and to outside bodies and elects student members of various University committees. The Union also publishes it own newspaper. Originally called the Sennet, the name was changed to London Student in 1980.

In 1923 a movement was started to acquire a University Athletic Ground and University Boat House. An Appeal was issued, to which the then Chancellor, Lord Rosebery, gave 5000. With the subscriptions received in response to this Appeal, supplemented by grants from general university funds, a site was bought for the Athletic Ground at Motspur Park and for the Boat House at Chiswick. The athletic Ground was opened in 1931 and the Boat House was opened by the then Chancellor, the Earl of Athlone, on 21 October 1937.

Students, who are elected annually by the student body from all colleges, schools and institutes of the University of London, administer the University of London Union. In 1988 the student officers of the Union were, the President, Vice President (Finance and Administration), Vice President (Services), Chairperson General Union Council, and a President, Chairperson and junior Treasurer for both the Sports Council and Societies Council. Senior Treasures of the Union and administrative staff also serve the Union.


Scope and content/abstract:

The collection, 1911-1989, contains annual reports and minutes of the University of London Students' Representative Council, (UN 1), minutes and related papers of the Governing Council, committees and documents relating to specific issues, (UN 2), papers and correspondence of the Senior Administrator of the University of London Union concerning the new Union building (UN 3), function and entertainment programmes and publicity material (UN 4), Union publications, (UN 5), photograph albums of the Union building and Union events and students (UN 6), minutes of the Debating Society (UN 7), minutes, registers of members and annual reports of the University of London Choir (UN 8), annual reports, programmes, registers, photographs and papers of the University of London Athletic Union, (UN 11). Also contains minutes, photographs and programmes of the Badminton Club (UN 12), Boat Club, (UN 13), Boxing Club (UN 14), Football Club (UN 15), Rugby Club (UN 16) and the Sailing Club (UN 17).
There are also 42 boxes of uncatalogued material (Ref. UN) containing material dating from 1921-1996. This includes Strategic Issues Group papers, Intercollegiate Accommodation Committee papers, Other College Unions papers, Student Welfare papers (most of these are closed), Motspur Park Users Committee papers, Union Management Committee papers, Manager's Meetings papers, Trade Union Liaison Committee papers, General Union Council Finance Committee papers, London Student Management Committee papers, Working Party papers, ULU Medical Group papers, Day Nursery Management Committee papers, Athletic Ground Committee papers, Joint Planning Committee Papers, Terms of Reference for Committees, Academic Affairs Campaign Papers, National Postgraduate Committee Papers, President's Office Papers, papers on Motspur Park, papers on Relationships with NUS and Swimming Club 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:
1999-09-01 Simon McKeon, 2006-08-24 Michael Broadway

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