File: Chancellor (Griffith)

Scope and Content

Correspondence between the Chancellor and Vice-Chancellor (and Registrar) relating to matters of University governance and administration. J A G Griffith (1918-2010) was Chancellor of the University between 1986 and 1993. His period of office was considered to be controversial. He was the first University Chancellor to be elected through a contested election (defeating the 'Establishment' candidate), and he broke with tradition by taking an active and occasionally contentious interest in the running of the University. Griffith frequently took the side of the constituencies he believed were responsible for his election (Assembly, non-professorial staff and students) against the 'official' University line (usually represented by the Vice-Chancellor and Chairman of Council). Griffith also encouraged Court (over which he presided) to discuss contentious topics, and exercised his right to attend and to comment on the proceedings of the University Council.

Several of the letters in the file refer to Griffiths conception of his role and powers as Chancellor. Other topics include: investments by Human ltd., the potential sale of Varley House, Griffiths pamphlet The attack on higher education, the role of the Estates and Services Committee, and issues of student debt.

Former reference: 1034

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