Sir William Hayter chaired the University Grants Committee sub-committee on Oriental, African, Slavonic and East European Studies, which reviewed university provision in these areas in light of the earlier Scarbrough Committee report, 1946. Following Scarborough, the University had expanded the departments of Near and Middle Eastern studies, and Russian. The Hayter Committee took evidence from the universities for further development of these subjects areas in the 1960s. The Committee's report was issued in May 1961, and recommended greater weight be given to social, economic and political aspects of Oriental and African studies.
The file includes a copy of the Hayter Report, correspondence between the UGC, and members of the Committee with the vice-chancellor. There is also internal correspondence (especially Max Gluckman and Bill MacKenzie) concerning the University's plans for these subject areas, in light of Hayter, including criticism that Hayter had ignored the University's existing contribution in these areas, e.g. in social anthropology.
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