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Administration and academic administration

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 2107 Administration
Held at: City University
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Full title: Administration and academic administration
Date(s): 1894-2000
Level of description: Sub-fonds of City University Archives
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Extent: c50 linear feet
Name of creator(s): Northampton Institute
Northampton Polytechnic Institute
Northampton Polytechnic
Northampton College of Advanced Technology
City University


Administrative/Biographical history:

On conversion to a university in 1966, the Northampton College of Advanced Technology (CAT) adopted typical university administrative organs. These comprised the Council as the governing body, controlling the financial and legal side of the university's business; the Senate as the supreme academic body; the Court, a body representing wide and various interests across the university and meeting annually, and Convocation, the corporate body of graduates. Senate itself has a number of committees, beneath which lie other Boards of Studies, Boards of Examiners, Departmental Boards and Staff-Student Committees. The Northampton CAT was required under the terms of the Robbins Report of 1963 to institute an Academic Advisory Committee (AAC) to inform its transition to a university, and oversee the drafting of a charter and approval of its courses. The AAC first met in May 1964.
The Academic Board of Northampton CAT began in 1962 as a replacement for the Board of Studies, which had itself started life in the Northampton Institute as the Board of Heads and Associate Heads in 1912. Under the new College Scheme of 1962, reflecting the direct funding from central government, the Academic Board acquired legal status, and four members were entitled to sit on the College's Governing Body.
The official newsletter of the Northampton College was the Northampton College Gazette which began in 1961, and continued after the change to university status in 1966 as TCU Gazette, and later as City News in 1977. The magazine Quest was produced for distribution to individual subscribers and outside bodies, including schools.


Scope and content/abstract:

Administrative papers of the City University (CU) and its predecessors, including Senate records, 1970-1977; index of Senate Meetings, 1966-1976; Senate meetings minutes, 1966-1998; Senate Committee on Research papers, 1979; Senate Committee on Planning minutes, 1969-1975; General Purposes Committee minutes, 1966-1979; Research reports on Northampton College of Advanced Technology (CAT), 1959-1963, and CU, 1970s; Prizes and Scholarships deeds of trust and correspondence; Academic Board minutes, 1962-1966; Engineering Board of Studies meetings minutes, 1937-1972; Working Party on Liberal Studies, 1969-1970; Committee on Instructional Techniques Questionnaire and results, 1966, Information sheets, 1971; Academic Advisory Committee Report, 1966. Papers relating to ceremonies, including Centenary papers, 1894-1994, including calendar, magazine, logo, letterhead, lectures; Centenary material, 1994, details of Departmental centenary events and review; correspondence with recipients of Honorary degrees, 1971-1974; Honorary Degree citations and orations, 1975-1980; copies of Honorary Degree certificates, 1966-1989; articles by Journalism students for Centenary research project, 1994; invitation cards for official opening of Northampton Institute, 1897-1898, and other events, 1950s-1980s; papers relating to openings and extensions, 1898-1976, Fiftieth Anniversary, 1946, and inauguration of the University, 1966; correspondence regarding portrait of Sir James Tait by Ruskin Spears, 1969-1970; menu cards for various dinners, 20th century; CU Foundation and Graduation Day Service programmes, 1966-1988; CU Installation of Chancellor and Degree Congregation programmes, 1966-1990s; annual prize-giving ceremony programmes, 1999-2000; inauguration of the Skinners' Library, 1955: Chairman's address and photographs; Jubilee dinner attendance book, 1946.
Publications, including Northampton prospectuses, 1930s-1966; CU prospectuses, 1966-1998; Northampton College Gazette, nos.1-47, May 1961-May 1966; The City University Gazette, Jun 1966-Oct 1971; TCU Gazette, Jun 1966-Nov 1976; QUEST: Journal of TCU, London, 1-35, 1967-1981; QUEST index 1-5, 16-30; QUEST editorial board minutes, Sep 1967-Mar 1977; Business QUEST: Supplement 1-2, 1974-1976; CITY NEWS, 1977-1981; Weekly Information Sheets, 1971-1975; Monthly events sheets, 1971-1986; CU Newsletter, Feb 1982-July 1992; CITY NETWORK, CITY NEWS, CITY PLUS, 1994-2000.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Conditions governing access:

On written application to the University Librarian.

Conditions governing reproduction:

At the discretion of the University Librarian.

Finding aids:

Survey lists of City University archives by Janet Foster, 2000 (available in hard copy at City University).

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Internal accumulation during the course of business.

Allied Materials

Related material:

See City University collection level description for relevant related material.

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Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Robert Baxter as part of the RSLP AIM25 Project, based on survey information by Janet Foster. Source: The City University - a history by S John Teague (City University, London, 1990).

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Mar 2001

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