Sub-fonds L - University Court Records

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University Court Records


  • 1894-1991 (Creation)

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95 boxes

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The University Court, the 'supreme governing authority' of the University, meets annually. Its members comprise senior University officials, senior officials of the constituent colleges, members appointed by the colleges, by Welsh county councils, theological colleges, national institutions, etc. The Court, chaired by the Chancellor or Pro-Chancellor, currently has the power, amongst other things, to appoint senior University officials, the Secretary General (previously the Registrar together with some powers of the Secretary of Council), to receive and consider annual reports from Council and the Academic Board, to make statutes and approve of Ordinances, to approve affiliation to the University of other institutions, to appoint visitor(s) to inspect general facilities in the constituent colleges and to discuss all questions of educational policy that may affect the University. The Court is also the Court of the University of Wales College of Medicine. In carrying out its functions the Court, especially in its earliest days, had a number of Committees or Boards that were either answerable to the Court or had been established by the Court itself.

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Court minutes, 1894-1990, indexes to minutes, 1894-1920, registers of attendance, 1894-1947, Statutes, Ordinances, Standing Orders, Regulations and draft Charters, 1894-1989; agendas and papers, 1895-1976, Annual reports, 1962-1991, and statements of accounts, 1921-1989, submitted to the Court; Registrar's subject files, 1908-1980; Chairman's briefing notes, 1970-1983; papers of the following committees: General Purpose Committee, 1926-1940, Standing Committee, 1894-1920, Statutes Committee, 1921-1966, and Committee on Art, 1924-1948; papers of the Congregation of the University, 1896-1992; papers relating to the University parliamentary seat, 1918-1948; papers of the National Council of Music, 1919-1960; papers of the following Boards: University of Wales Press Board, 1922-1985, Board of Celtic Studies, 1919-1991, University Extension Board, 1919-1988, University Board for Welsh Medium Teaching, 1980-1994, University Appointments Board for Wales, 1912-1967, University Education Board, 1948-1975, University Board for Training Colleges, 1929-1950, Board for External Degrees through the medium of Welsh, 1970-1979, The Theological Senate, 1897-1936, the Theological Board, 1895-1921, The Matriculation Examining Board, 1896-1945, Medical Board of the University, 1908-1919, and Examination Board, 1896-1943; and papers of ad hoc committees of the Court, 1908-1982.

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Action: Registrar's administrative notes and correspondence relating to arranging meetings of the Court, together with correspondence relating to representation on the body, and relating to organising lectures on art delivered at many centres in Wales, 1934-1947, have been disposed. Four boxes of papers relating to the Standing Committee on Honorary Distinctions have been returned to the Registry at its request..


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