Records of Glasgow Caledonian University, higher education institution, Glasgow, Scotland

Scope and Content

This material has yet to be formally sorted and listed but the following records have been identified. Further series of records will be identified in the future.

Committee Structure:

  • Court 1993- (some papers are withheld by Court Office)
  • Finance Committee 1993-2000
  • Finance and General Purposes Committee 2000-
  • Audit Committee 1993-
  • Staff Affairs Committee 1998-2001
  • Staff Policy Committee 2002-
  • Health and Safety Advisory Group 1993-1995
  • Health and Safety Committee 1995-
  • Senate 1993-
  • Academic Standards Committee 1993-1998
  • Academic Quality and Standards Committee 1999-2001
  • Academic Practice Committee 2001-
  • Academic Policy Committee 1997-1999
  • Academic Policy and Planning Committee 2001-
  • Learning and Teaching Committee 1993-2001
  • Research Committee 1993-2000
  • Research and Commercialisation Committee 2000-
  • Post Graduate Learning Contracts Committee 2002
  • Research, Knowledge Transfer and Commercial Development Committee 2002-
  • Ethics Committee 2003-
  • Review Committee 2003-
  • Student Affairs Committee 1996-2001
  • University Management Group / SPARC 1992-1995, 1999
  • University Executive Committee 1999-2001
  • Strategic and Policy Committee (Executive) 2001
  • University Executive Board 2002-
  • Performance, Planning and Resources Committee Sept-Dec 2001
  • Planning and Resources Group 2002-
  • Human Resources Group 2002-
  • Information Strategy Steering Group 1996-2002 (on CD)
  • Learning Services Group 2002-

Publications / Papers / Programmes etc:

  • Annual Report 1994-
  • Annual Accounts 1993/94-
  • Prospectuses 1993-
  • Graduation and Awards programmes 1993-
  • The Caledonian 1993-
  • News On-line 1999-
  • Strategic Plan 1993-
  • QX: Quality Times 1999-2000
  • Campus Development 2002-
  • University News 2002
  • Library Head’s Coffee reports 1997-2002
  • Department of Risk and Financial Services - Outreach: International Newsletter 1992-1997
  • Caledonian Perspective 1995-2001

Papers relating to the following:

  • The merger 1992-1993
  • The inauguration 1993
  • Miscellaneous photographs and press cuttings from MPR 1993-
  • Estates documents relating to Masterplan, Library, Dobbies Loan, Caledonian Court, Britannia Building, Sports Centre, Health Building 1992-1998
  • Visit of Higher Education Quality Audit Council to GCU, 25-27 October 1994
  • Visit of Higher Education Quality Audit Council to GCU, Audit of Collaborative Provision, May 1996
  • Staff Opinion Survey 1999
  • The QAA Continuation Audit 2000
  • The sale of Park Campus 2000/2001
  • The establishment of Learning Services 2002-
  • Various Definitive Programme Documents

It also includes various other minutes, papers, reports, handbooks, audio visual material, publications and miscellaneous items dating from 1993 to date.

Please note that this Archive is still being worked on and the content will be updated in time.

Administrative / Biographical History

On 1 April 1993 , Glasgow Caledonian University was formed in Glasgow, Scotland, through the merger of The Queen’s College, Glasgow, and Glasgow Polytechnic. Glasgow Caledonian University was established by the Secretary of State for Scotland by the Glasgow Caledonian University (Establishment) (Scotland) Order of 1993 and was eligible for funding from the Scottish Higher Education Funding Council. A closure order shut down Glasgow Polytechnic and The Queen’s College, Glasgow, and their property rights and obligations were transferred to the new University’s Court, which replaced the governing bodies of the parent institutions.

Initially the University possessed 3 campuses - that of the former Polytechnic which was named City Campus, that of the former Queen’s College named Park Campus (sold to Glasgow University in January 2001 ) and the buildings leased by Queen’s College adjacent to Jordanhill College of Education named Southbrae Campus (this closed in 1998 ). The University’s main offices are at Cowcaddens Road (City Campus). In June 1994, the University Court approved an estates strategy which included plans for a new Faculty of Health building, a new sports centre and the renovation and extension of the library (becoming Caledonian Library and Information Centre, CLIC).

The aim of the new University was to offer non-elitist, high quality education and training to a wide and diverse range of students. It sought to collaborate with commercial and industrial organisations and other providers of education. The University initially offered more than 140 undergraduate and post graduate courses within 3 faculties and 22 departments The original 3 faculty structure was made up of Health; Science and Technology and Business (becoming the Caledonian Business School in 1999, the largest of its kind in Scotland). In 2002  the structure was changed and the following Schools were established: Built and Natural Environment; Caledonian Business School; Computing and Mathematical Science; Engineering, Science and Design; Health and Social Care; Law and Social Sciences; Life Sciences; and Nursing Midwifery and Community Health.

In April 1993  the University’s Department of Nursing and Community Health was designated Scotland’s first World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre for Nursing, and only the third in the UK. In 1996 the University took over the contract for provision of pre-registration nursing and midwifery education from the Colleges of Nursing and Midwifery which were operated by the health boards. This moved this type of education into the tertiary education sector.

Glasgow Caledonian University has established a distinctive identity in terms of its flexible, vocationally orientated academic programmes, its emphasis on life long learning and the wide range of client groups it serves. It offers programmes in all of the SHEFC funding groups except medicine/dentistry and teacher education. In May 2002  it launched the first Scottish Centre for Work Based Learning. The vision of the University into the new millennium calls for it to be innovative in programmes, learning and research, inclusive of all sectors of society, and responsive to the needs of the individual. The University works towards the Scottish Parliament’s policy of social inclusion regarding improving access and widening participation in higher education through non-traditional routes and sectors. At time of writing the University has 15,000 students, 1,500 staff, 25 percent of students studying part-time, 66 percent of students over the age of 21, and over 700 International students from over 70 countries.

The University is managed by the University Court, who met for the first time on 20 April 1993  (prior to this a shadow court had been in operation). Senate designate was established in March 1993  with input from Glasgow Polytechnic’s Academic Board and The Queen’s College’s Academic Council. Senate proper had its first meeting on 19 March 1993. At the time of establishment the University’s senior management structure was made up of the University Management Group (UMG) and the Strategic Planning and Resource Committee (SPARC). This was replaced by a University Executive. Committee structures exist to follow through the work of Court and Senate.

The University Court is a corporate body with key responsibilities in relation to the University’s overall strategic direction and for ensuring that the University’s business is conducted in accordance with the approved mission statement and objectives. It is the employer of University staff and has overall responsibility for the financial and physical wellbeing of the University. The main responsibilities of the Court Office include providing advice on statutory, procedural and governance matters to Court and its Standing Committees; providing administrative support to Court and its Standing Committees; and dealing with insurance and legal matters. In 2002 the Standing Committees of Court are Finance and General Purposes Committee, Audit Committee, Staff Policy Committee and Health and Safety Committee.

The Academic Secretariat was established within Academic Administration on 1 August 2001. Staff are involved in advising on University regulations and procedures ranging from assessment regulations to programme specifications and research degree regulations to quality assurance, and in providing professional administrative support to Senate Standing Committees and their Sub-Committees. Secretaries to Standing Committees are responsible, together with the Committee Chair, for ensuring proper governance and conduct of the Committees including the effective discharge of the Committee’s terms of reference. The Standing Committees of Senate in 2002 are Academic Practice Committee, Academic Policy and Planning Committee, Postgraduate Learning Contracts Committee, Research and Commercialisation Committee and Research Degrees Committee.

In 1996 the University conferred an honorary degree on Nelson Mandela and in June 2001 his wife, Graça Machel, visited and unveiled a portrait by Anne Mackintosh. Since 1994 Glasgow Caledonian University has contributed to the reconstruction of Southern Africa through support of various educational institutions and organisations and also through project work in areas such as primary health care and housing. One of its buildings was named after Govan Mbeki and opened by his son (Thabo Mbeki), the then President of South Africa, on 13 June 2001.


This material is awaiting arrangement and formal listing

Access Information

Open for the majority of the archive although restricted areas do exist.

Acquisition Information

Glasgow Caledonian University

Other Finding Aids

Some committee minutes are searchable in-house through an intranet service.

Further information can be found via the Glasgow Caledonian University Archives homepage at

A fully searchable multilevel description for some of this archive is available via the Gateway to the Archives of Scottish Higher Education (GASHE) web site at

Alternative Form Available

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Conditions Governing Use

Applications for permission to quote should be sent to the University Archivist

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

Appraisal Information

This material has been appraised in line with standard GB 1847 procedures

Custodial History

Retained in the custody of Glasgow Caledonian University


Expected monthly

Related Material

GB 1847 GP Records of Glasgow Polytechnic

GB 1847 QC Records of The Queen's College, Glasgow


Thompson, W. and McCallum, C. Glasgow Caledonian University: Its Origins and Evolution (East Linton: Tuckwell Press: 1998)

Additional Information

This material is original

Compiled by Carole McCallum, Glasgow Caledonian University Archivist, 28 March 2000.

Revised by Carole McCallum, Glasgow Caledonian University Archivist, 20 September 2002

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