Records of the Chancellor

Scope and Content

Very few records of this office survive.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Chancellor is the titular head of the University and has the function of conferring degrees on persons found qualified and presented to him by the Senatus Academicus. The Chancellor is now elected by the General Council, of which he is president, and holds office for life. He nominates an Assessor who is a member of the University Court and he is empowered to appoint a Vice-Chancellor to discharge, in his absence, the function of conferring degrees. The office of Vice-Chancellor has usually been, and now is, held by the Principal, but other senior professors, usually the Dean of Faculties or the Clerk of Senate, may be appointed Depute Vice-Chancellors to officiate at degree ceremonies. (Resolution 442 of 1997). Although technically elected by the Masters of the University, from 1451 to 1692 all Chancellors were Bishops or Archbishops of Glasgow except those elected in 1642, 1658 and 1660.

Brown, A.L. and Moss, M.The University of Glasgow: 1451-1996 .Edinburgh :  Edinburgh University Press  ,  1996  .

Michael Moss, Moira Rankin and Lesley Richmond . The History and Constitution of the University of Glasgow . Glasgow :  University of Glasgow  ,  2001  .


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Related Material

GB 0248 GUA DC 106  Records of Sir Alexander Cairncross, chancellor 1972-1996, including papers relating to the conference and dinner to mark Sir Cairncross's Eightieth Birthday 12 April 1991 (ref: GB 0248 DC 106/22/1  ) and text of speech delivered at opening of Cairncross House 1991 ( GB 0248 DC 106/22/2  ).

Additional Information

University of Glasgow

This material is original.

Subfonds level description compiled by Emily Woolmore, GASHE project archivist , 10 April 2000  Amended by Lesley Richmond, October 2002  .