Records of the Faculties

Scope and Content

Records of :

  • Faculty of Arts 1862-1995
  • Institute of Biomedical and Life Sciences 1994-1995
  • Faculty of Computing Science, Mathematics and Statistics
  • Faculty of Divinity
  • Faculty of Education
  • Faculty of Engineering 1923-1977
  • Faculty of Law and Financial Studies 1900-1998
  • Faculty of Medicine
  • Faculty of Physical Sciences
  • Faculty of Science
  • Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Veterinary Medicine

and other material awaiting identification. Contact the Archivist for further information.

Administrative / Biographical History

Four faculties were created at the foundation of the University in 1451  . These were the faculties of arts, theology, law, and medicine. The Faculty of Arts was the only one which could award bachelor and masters degrees. The other three were higher faculties and could only present candidates for doctorates. As the university grew, these four faculties were subdivided to establish new faculties. By 2001  , there were eleven faculties which grouped together over one hundred academic departments, interdisciplinary centres and institutes. Each faculty was presided over by an appointed dean and conducted its own academic administration, including degree and course development, admissions and appeals, and the financial administration of its own resources. Faculty committees (boards of studies) conducted scrutiny of new course proposals and there was also provision for interdisciplinary boards of studies which reported directly to the Senate Education Committee.


This material is arranged by faculty as described in the scope and content note.

Additional Information

Subfonds level description created by Victoria Peters, GASHE project manager, 31 July 2001  , as part of the Research Support Libraries Programme funded project'Gateway to Archives of Scottish Higher Education'.