Minute Book

Scope and Content

Also contains agenda for meetings and circulars from the Council of the central and Manchester branch of the AUT. Discussion of salaries and gradings, particularly regarding Grade III lecturers, superannuation, income tax, social events, membership and appointment of officers for Committee and Council meetings are recurring issues within the minutes. Concerns over university entrance requirements and insurance schemes are also raised. The Executive Committee also appears to discuss any concerns raised in, or reports prepared by, individual Committee/Council meetings or by specific members. However, often only brief details of these discussions are noted in the minutes. An exception would be those minutes of meetings dated 14 May 1935 and 25 June 1935 which provide more detailed notes on issues of salaries and grading.

The increasingly international concerns of the AUT are also apparent in this volume. Particular reference is made to the Commission of Enquiry into German Universities in 1946. Letter dated 24 October 1946 relates to the aims of this Commission and has attached a four page report by Lord Chorley, entitled Report on the Visit to certain German Universities and a Zonal University Conference . Dated September 1946 and compiled using data gathered during a four day visit to universities in the British Zone, the report highlights the current problems facing, and the condition of, those universities, with associated suggestions of assistance needed.