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Council of the Senate minutes, with associated papers, indices, agenda and notes; also minutes and papers of its Executive and Business Committees, 1856 - 2014

 Series — Container: Min.I
Reference Code: GBR/0265/UA/Min.I

Scope and Contents

From the Management Group:

The category - Corporate management records - embraces records of the central decision-making bodies, University officers such as the Vice-Chancellor and the Registrary, and their administrative support. It includes constitutional records.


  • 1856 - 2014

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Biographical / Historical

This body was created in 1856 as successor to the Caput, charged with preparing business for the Regent House and with limited executive powers. The Senate was the governing body of the University until 1926. By the late twentieth century, the Council had become the principal executive and policy-making body of the University with overall responsibility for the administration of the University, for defining its mission, for planning its work, and for the management of its resources. It deals with relations between the University and the Colleges, conducts negotiations with outside bodies on many matters (other than those relating directly to the educational and research programme of the University, which are dealt with by the General Board) and is responsible for the appointment or nomination of certain members of internal and external Committees, and for many student matters (excluding the selection of entrants, which is a College concern). In 1993 it established an Executive Committee to deal with straightforward business.


25 linear metre(s) : paper

Language of Materials


Immediate Source of Acquisition

From 1979, volumes were transferred to the University Archives from the Registry as follows: 16*, Jan. 1979; 35-42, Aug. 1986; 43-52, Sept. 1989; 53-65, Aug. 1990; 66-80, Aug. 1994; 81-9, Sept. 1995; 90-6, Aug. 1996; 122-31 Jan. 2001; 134-82, Feb. 2010, 183-306, Oct. 2019. 307-41, Nov. 2019.


The online catalogue was completed in May 2005 and emended in January 2006, October 2009, March 2010 and August 2022.


Council of the Senate


Repository Details

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