Records of Publicity Services

Scope and Content

  • Glasgow University publications 1947-1999 and press releases 1972-1988
  • Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery press releases, correspondence, opening programmes and photographs 1979-1983

The collection also includes several volumes containing press cuttings 1886-1976, obituaries and information and publicity relating to other universities within and outside the United Kingdom.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Information and Publicity Services Department was formally established with the appointment of the first Information and Publicity Officer, Fiona Selkirk , in 1987  . The department at this time consisted of two members of staff. The department's creation was the acknowledgement of the need in the late 20th century 'to be outward looking, concerned to explain themselves, to attract enquiry and investment, and to serve the interests of the community'. The appointment was also designed to exploit the publicity that the City of Glasgow was receiving leading up to being the City of Culture in 1990  . In 1996  the department was renamed Publicity Services.

In 1999  the department consisted of eight people: the Director, two press officers, a communications officer, a deputy publications officer, two secretaries and web director. The role of Publicity Services today is to publicise the University of Glasgow, disseminate information on its behalf and provide the university community with advice and expertise on publicity. There are services for both the media and university staff, for example providing journalists with information about the University and the activities of departments, staff and students. When appropriate, publicity services put journalists in touch with the relevant member of staff and/or department. Publicity Services are responsible for the production of the University Staff Newsletter, the Annual Report, the Graduates Magazine Avenue, the Media Directory, the research promotional bulletin Leading Edge and various information brochures and leaflets. The department also helps staff produce publications and websites and advises them on how to deal with the press, radio and television. In addition to this they are responsible for the central navigational part of the university's website and produce websites for the university's main publications. Publicity Services is part of the External Relations and Marketing Division of Central Administration.

The collection was brought together by the Publicity Services Department although the creators were a variety of University administrators who compiled the albums of press cuttings.


The collection is arranged into series, which consist of a number of items and files related by format and/or function. Within series the items and files are arranged chronologically by date and/or subject matter.

Access Information


Acquisition Information

Publicity Services

Other Finding Aids

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

The collection is owned by the University of Glasgow. Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use and condition of documents. The press cuttings are fragile and photocopying is not permitted.

Appraisal Information

This material has been appraised in line with normal procedures.

Custodial History

The records were stored in Publicity Services before transfer to the University Archives.


Regular transfers of material is expected.

Related Material

No related material


No known publications using this material

Additional Information

University of Glasgow

This material is original.

Subfonds level description compiled by Helen Briscoe, archives assistant, 30 July 1999  . Administrative history altered by Moira Rankin, 5 August 1999  . Administrative history and scope and content altered by Yvonne Ewing, Archives Assistant, 15 March 2002  .