Joint University Council for Social and Public Administration (earlier the Joint University Council for Social Studies and Public Administration) (JUC)

Scope and Content

Draft constitutions and related correspondence, 1939-1945; Council, Public Administration Sub-Committee/Committee and executive committee minutes, 1918-1980; Public Administration Committee/Sub-Committee minutes, agenda and papers, 1947-1989; papers presented to annual public administration conferences, 1980-1988; correspondence about the organisation of annual public administration conferences, 1986-1987; executive committee records, 1966-1987; annual general meeting records, 1978-1987; Social Administration Committee records, 1950-1987; Social Work Education Committee records, 1966-1988; records of the joint executive committee of the Social Administration Committee and the Social Work Education Committee, 1973-1988; general correspondence, 1959-1988; secretary's correspondence with individual institutions and organisations, 1931-1988; financial records, 1924-1986; 'PAC Bulletin/'Public Administration Bulletin', 1964-1985; 'Teaching Public Administration', 1979-1987; various JUC publications, (1918)-1991; publications of other organisations, 1984-1988.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Joint University Council for Social Studies was established in 1918 as part of the reconstruction programme at the end of the First World War. 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 to the Joint University Council for Social Studies and Public Administration with the formation of a standing public administration sub-committee in 1936. The Council itself continued to deal directly with social administration matters until 1955, when a Social Administration Committee and a Public Administration Committee were set up in parallel under a new constitution. The Council's title was changed to the Joint University Council for Social and Public Administration. From 1966 the committees carried on all the main business, and the Council itself took on a largely formal character. A third major sub-committee was added in 1976, the Social Work Education Committee.

The purpose of the Council has been to develop and coordinate the work of higher education institutions in the three subject fields of public administration, social policy and social work. It has provided a 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 these subject fields. It has also underwritten and supported research activities, including workshops and conferences.

Access Information

This collection is available to researchers by appointment at the Modern Records Centre, University of Warwick. See

Acquisition Information

These records were deposited in the Centre by the Joint University Council in 1992.

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


Further deposits are expected.