Owens Park Tutors Committee minutes

  • Reference
      GB 133 OPT
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  • Physical Description
      0.3 li.m.
  • Location
      Collection available at University Archive and Records Centre, main University Library.

Scope and Content

Minutes of the Owens Park tutors committee. Committee meetings were held regularly, and mainly discussed regulations, breaches of discipline, and provision of services to residents. It liaised with an Owens Park Student Committee as part of the Park's objective of promoting student involvement. The committee does not appear to have reported to a senior committee, but University Council was ultimately responsible for Owens Park, with the Bursar handling its financial management. As well as minutes of meetings, the archive contains a few papers and reports which were mostly presented to the meetings. The committee was succeeded in 1973 by a more official University committee, the Owens Park Policy Committee.

Although small and incomplete, the archive provides interesting information on student life in the 1960s. It casts light on the success or otherwise of an innovative approach to providing student residence outside of the framework of the traditional hall, and into student-staff relations at the Park in this period.

Administrative / Biographical History

Owens Park is a residential complex of the University of Manchester which opened in 1964. It was designed by the Building Design Partnership, and the project marked a new approach by the University to its provision of student accommodation. Owens Park differed for the traditional halls by being designed as a "student village", in which students were to be given more freedom and control over their living spaces. Owens Park, which included a 19 storey tower block, was also designed to maximise population density in a relatively limited area of land. Apart from the tower, there were four residential blocks: Tree Court, Green Court, Little Court, and the Mall. When it opened accommodation was provided for over 1000 students., and was segregated by gender, although it later became mixed.

The accommodation was structured around "houses" of around 48 students, which had common rooms, and these were subdivided into groups of six study-bedrooms with their own kitchens. Larger facilities included a library, assembly and dining halls . Houses were under the supervision of residential tutors. many of whom were University staff, and unlike the traditional halls, there was no warden.

Owens Park is the major constituent of the Fallowfield campus.

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Acquisition Information

Transferred from the Denis Welland papers in 2006.

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Custodial History

The minutes were previously kept as part of the papers of Denis Welland, a University academic, who chaired the Tutors Committee between 1967-1971. As official copies of the minutes were not kept by the University, these minutes were extracted from the Welland papers and serve as the record of this committee's work. Welland's papers were acquired by the University Library in 2002.


None expected.

Related Material

For the post-1973 period at Owens Park see the minutes of the Owens Park Policy Committee USC/82.

See also the Vice-Chancellor's files on Owens Park VCA/7/598 and VCA/7/912. General matters relating to the University's residential accommodation will be covered in the minutes of the Student Accommodation Committee USC/22. The University Archives also has custody of the archives of the following halls: Dalton (HDH), Hulme (HHH), Ellis Llwyd Jones (HEJ), and Langdale (HLH).

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