Records of the Faculty of Engineering

Scope and Content

  • Minutes, agendas and papers 1923-1985
  • Newsletters 1964-1966
  • General papers 1960s
  • Publications and pamphlets 1966, 1970

Administrative / Biographical History

The Faculty of Engineering was formed in 1923  , although engineering had been taught at the university since 1840  . This was partly a consequence of the concordat with the Royal Technical College (now the University of Strathclyde ) ratified in 1913  . This allowed Royal Technical College students to receive Glasgow degrees in Applied Sciences, particularly engineering. The trigger for the foundation of the faculty was the foundation of two new chairs in Electrical Engineering and in the Theory and Practice of Heat Engines by the Institute of Engineers and Shipbuilders in Scotland to commemorate the centenary of the death of James Watt .

The Faculty originally comprised the chairs of Civil Engineering and Mechanics, Naval Architecture, Mining, Electrical Engineering, Theory and Practice of Heat Engines, Mathematics, Natural Philosophy, Astronomy, Chemistry, Political Economy, Geology and Applied Physics.

The Faculty is presided over by an appointed dean and conducts its own academic administration, including degree and course development, admissions and appeals and the financial administration of its resources.

Moss, M., Rankin M. and Richmond, L.Who, Where and When: The History & Constitution of the University of Glasgow . Glasgow :  University of Glasgow  ,  2001  .


The material is arranged in series as described in the scope and content note.

Additional Information

Subfonds level description created by Victoria Peters, GASHE project manager, 20 June 2001  .