Governing Body

Scope and Content

Minutes, Agendas, papers and general correspondence of SOAS's Governing Body from its inception.

Administrative / Biographical History

SOAS's Governing Body (renamed the Board of Trustees in September 2015) has absolute authority within the School, with overall responsibility for the general supervision, direction and control of all aspects of the School, in accordance with the School's Charter and Standing Orders. The Governing Body was constituted in the initial Charter of Incorporation of the School of Oriental Studies and held its first meeting on 22 June 1916.

The Governing Body has the power to create and amend Standing Orders and has overall responsibility for defining the system of governance within the School. All other committees in the School report into the Governing Body either directly or indirectly.

For further information on the functions of Governing Body, see SOAS's Charter and Standing Orders, available on the SOAS website.


This sub-sub collection is divided into three series, Governing Body Minutes and Papers, Governing Body members and Governing Body general correspondence

Access Information

Governing Body administrative papers are generally subject to a 30 year closure period. Open minutes and papers after December 2003 are available on the SOAS website. For Governing Body administrative papers over 30 years old, some restrictions apply. Please contact Special Collections for further advice on access restrictions or see individual catalogue record.

Restrictions Apply

Other Finding Aids

Handlist available

Archivist's Note


Conditions Governing Use

See individual records for copyright information

Custodial History

Records transferred from the Directorate