Records of the Registry

Scope and Content

  • Graduation albums 1817-1987
  • Roll of graduates and dates of birth 1881-1971
  • Schedules of graduates 1823-1946
  • Degree examination results 1872-1972
  • Abandoned and withdrawn student files 1920-1969
  • Prize lists 1733-1979
  • Matriculation albums and papers 1843-2002
  • Class catalogues and indexes 1794-1978
  • Preliminary examination schedules 1900-1971
  • Local examination results 1877-1893
  • Registers of marriages of females graduates 1903-1987
  • Staff and student statistics 1938-1978
  • Registers of research students 1897-1980
  • Papers of individual registrars 1866-1920
  • Departmental administrative papers 1913-1996
  • Obituaries of General Council members 1971-1995
  • Special study or research degree curriculum books 1831-1955

Administrative / Biographical History

Registry is part of the Academic Support Division (ASD) of the University's Central Administration (CA). After the Universities (Scotland) Act of 1858 the Registrar was responsible for the annual matriculation (registration) and enrolment of students and the maintenance of the records of all students and graduates of the University. The Registry is also responsible for examination arrangements, the distribution of grant and loan cheques, the collection of tuition fees, student financial aid and the organisation of graduations. Modern matriculations grew from the system set up by Senate in 1843 to regulate use of the Library although matriculation did not become compulsory until 1859, following the passing of the 1858 Act. From 1858-1944, the Registrar was the most senior administrative officer in the University. When the Secretary of Court became a full-time post in 1944 it was combined with the post of Registrar. The positions were separated again in 1983. In 1996, the post of Registrar ceased to exist, the Head of Registry undertaking day to day administration of the Registry although ultimate responsibility for the functions rests with the Secretary of Court.


This material has been arranged in series, which consist of numbers of items related by format and /or function. Within series, the items are generally arranged chronologically.

Access Information

Open subject to restriction to protect personal confidentiality

Acquisition Information

These records have been received from Registry.

Other Finding Aids

Digital file level list available in searchroom.

Alternative Form Available

No known copies

Conditions Governing Use

Owned by the University of Glasgow. Applications for permission to quote should be sent to the Archivist

Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use and condition of documents.

Appraisal Information

This material has been appraised in line with standard GB 0248 procedures.

Custodial History



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Additional Information

Subfonds level description compiled by Emily Woolmore, GASHE project archivist , 12 April 2000  Amended by Lesley Richmond, October 2002  .