Papers of the Joint University Council

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Minutes books and history, 1918-1944; Public Policy and Administration Journal (formerly the Public Administration Bulletin) to 1988 (incomplete set); minutes papers and correspondence of the Joint University Council Annual General Meeting and Executive Committee, financial and treasurer's statements, 1945-1988; membership files, 1918-1988; minutes, papers and correspondence of the Public Administration Committee, 1945-1988; Education Committee, 1970-1987; Research Committee, 1974-1987; papers relating to the Public Administration Committee Annual Conference,1986-1987; minutes, papers and correspondence of the Social Administration Committee, which change its name to the Social Policy Committee in 1990; minutes, papers and correspondence of the Social Work Education Committee, 1945-1988.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Council had its origins in the reconstruction programme at the end of the First World War. The Joint University Council for Social Studies was set up in 1918. It was a body financed by the universities themselves, with the object of developing and coordinating the work of the new social studies departments. The Council's title was altered with the formation of a Public Administration Sub-Committee in 1936. However, the Council itself continued to deal directly with social administration matters until 1955, when a Social Administration Committee and Public Administration Committee were set up in parallel under a new constitution. A third major sub-committee was added in 1976, the Social Work Education Committee. Since 1966 the committees have carried on all the main business, and the Council itself has taken on a largely formal character. When polytechnics and other institutions of higher education were established they became eligible for full membership; those offering degree courses in relevant subjects were welcomed and they played an active role in the work of the Council.

The purpose of the Council is to develop and coordinate the work of higher education institutions in the three subject fields of public administration, social policy and social work. The Council has provided an important national forum for the discussion of academic issues such as the contents of curricula, matters relating to resources and standards in teaching and research, and other issues of common interest in subject fields. As an academic body representing almost every eligible institution of higher education in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland, the Council has been able to speak with strength and authority. The council also underwrites and supports research activities, including workshops and conferences, and publishes two journals, Public Policy and Administrationand Teaching Public Administration.

Reference: Joint University Council Information Sheet.


The collection is uncatalogued.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on access to these papers.

Acquisition Information

This collection was deposited in the Centre by the Joint University Council in 1992.

Other Finding Aids

This collection is uncatalogued.

An authority record exists for the Joint University Council (GB 152 AAR2281).

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions on the use of this archive, apart from the requirements of copyright law.


Further deposits are expected.