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University of Westminster

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 1753 UOW
Held at: University of Westminster
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Full title: University of Westminster
Date(s): 1992-2007
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: c200 boxes
Name of creator(s): University of Westminster
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Administrative/Biographical history:

The Polytechnic of Central London (PCL) was redesignated as the University of Westminster following the Higher and Further Education Act (1992), which created a single funding council, the Higher Education Funding Council, for England and abolished the remaining distinctions between polytechnics and universities. As a university, Westminster gained the power to grant its own degrees. The name was changed from "Polytechnic of Central London" to "University of Westminster" by Special Resolution passed on 30 March 1993, with the consent of the Privy Council given 16 June 1992 pursuant to Section 77 of the Further and Higher Education Act 1992.

The merger of Harrow College of Higher Education and PCL in 1990 was followed in 1991 by the commissioning of an Accommodation Strategy. This identified the legacy of the fragmented and widely dispersed estate, spread across more than 20 sites. The University has been consolidating onto its main sites in the West End, at Marylebone Road, and at Harrow. A major redevelopment of the Harrow site was completed in 1995 to house the School of Communication (now the School of Communication and Creative Industries). Little Titchfield Street was then refurbished to house the School of Law (completed in 1998), and its former site in Red Lion Square, acquired through the amalgamation with Holborn College of Law, Languagues and Commerce in 1970, sold.

In 1997/98 the University introduced a new devolved structure based on four campuses - Cavendish, Harrow, Marylebone and Regent - supported by a small core of central service units. In 1998 the University acquired the Policy Studies Institute and also the London School of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, and in the same year opened Polyclinic for the teaching and provision of complementary therapies.

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Scope and content/abstract:

Records, 1992-2007, of the University of Westminster, comprising Court of Governors minutes, 1992-2001; Finance and General Property Committee minutes, 1992-2001; Audit Committee minutes, 1992-2001; Ethics Committee minutes, 1993-2005; Research Committee papers, 1992-2004; Resource Consultative Committee papers, 1993-1996; Memorandum and Articles of Association, 1994; Financial Statements, 2001-2006; Estate Strategy, 1992-2006; QAA Audit Reports, 1994, 2000, 2005 and 2006; Development Reviews, 1993-1998;

Various Short Course Unit leaflets and brochures for courses and conferences, 1992-1997; Prospectuses, 1992-2007; Presentation Ceremony Programmes, 1992-2007; Handbook of Academic Regulations, 2002, 2005 and 2006; Education Initiative Centre publications, 1995-2005;

Promotional and marketing publications, 1992-1998; staff newsletter Clarion, 1992-2008; typescript Institute of the Polytechnic Sports and Social Clubs newsletter, 1992-2003; The Smoke, magazine/newsletter of the University of Westminster Students' Union, 1993/4-2007/8; Student Yearbooks, 2006-2007;

Memorabilia of special events, including Inauguration, 1992; the opening of Harrow Campus by HM The Queen, 1995; and the Lumière Festival to celebrate 100 years of cinema, 1996.

Photographs of University buildings, including Cavendish campus, Harrow campus, Marylebone campus, Regent campus and the sports ground at Chiswick.

Access & Use

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System of arrangement:

Arranged as set out in Scope and content.

Conditions governing access:

Open, subject to signing the Regulations for Access form and unless subject to the Data Protection Act 1998 or exemptions under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies may be supplied, for research use only, unless copyright restrictions apply or the item is too fragile to be copied. Requests to publish original material should be addressed to the University Archivist.

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Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Created by the institution.

Allied Materials

Related material:

The University of Westminster Archives also holds records of the Polytechnic of Central London (Ref: UWA PCL) and its predecessor institutions.

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Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Rachel Kemsley as part of the RSLP AIM25 project, additional information added by Samantha Velumyl, AIM25 cataloguer.

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:
Jan 2002 and May 2008.

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