University of Manchester, Boards of Studies Archive

Scope and Content

Minutes of University of Manchester boards of studies. Minutes present for Board of Studies for Awards in Affiliated Colleges (BOS/1), Board of Studies for Speech Therapy and Pathology (BOS/2); Board of Studies for Extra-Mural Studies (BOS/3), and Board of Studies for the Built Environment.

The records of a number of Boards have not been located and are therefore currently unavailable.

Administrative / Biographical History

Boards of Studies were constituted primarily to oversee the co-ordination of academic policy for subjects or students where more than one Faculty or Department had interests. The Boards therefore operated in areas where no single Faculty had jurisdiction. Boards normally reported directly to the University of Manchester Senate.

Although some Boards were set up in the 1960s, they were explicitly recognised in Statute XIII of the revised Charter of 1973. A number of Boards were subsequently established including: Awards in Affiliated Colleges (later Institutions, thereafter Validation) 1974-2004; Extra-Mural Studies (later Continuing Education 1974-1998); Child Studies, 1976-1985; Diploma in Youth Work 1961-1968; Speech Therapy and Pathology, 1974-1999; Science and Technology Policy 1990-1996; Oncology, 1969-1985; Biochemistry 1969-1985; Media Studies 1984-1994; and Information Technology 1983-1992. By the late 1990s most Boards had been wound up.

Some internal Faculty committees also used the title of Board of Studies; they are not included in this archive.


Arranged chronologically by Board.

Access Information

The collection is open to any accredited reader.

The collection includes material which is subject to the Data Protection Act 1998. Under Section 33 of the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA), The John Rylands University Library (JRUL) holds the right to process personal data for research purposes. The Data Protection (Processing of Sensitive Personal Data) Order 2000 enables the JRUL to process sensitive personal data for research purposes. In accordance with the DPA, the JRUL has made every attempt to ensure that all personal and sensitive personal data has been processed fairly, lawfully and accurately. Users of the archive are expected to comply with the Data Protection Act 1998, and will be required to sign a form acknowledging that they will abide by the requirements of the Act in any further processing of the material by themselves.

Open parts of this collection, and the catalogue descriptions, may contain personal data about living individuals.

Conditions Governing Use

Photocopies and photographic copies of material in the archive can be supplied for private study purposes only, depending on the condition of the documents.

A number of items within the archive remain within copyright under the terms of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988; it is the responsibility of users to obtain the copyright holder's permission for reproduction of copyright material for purposes other than research or private study.

Prior written permission must be obtained from the Library for publication or reproduction of any material within the archive. Please contact the Head of Special Collections, John Rylands Library, 150 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 3EH.

Custodial History

Maintained by University administration until transferred to the Archives.


Further accruals possible.

Related Material

Records of Senate may include reports of Boards of Studies (USE).

Geographical Names