University of Manchester, Staff Appointment Registers

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

The registers of staff appointments cover the period from the late 1880s to the early 1950s. Each volume contains notices of appointment for academic staff members from assistant lecturer level upwards, as well as some administrative posts. The notices of appointment were signed by the appointee following confirmation by the University Council. Typically they would record a starting date, an initial salary, and the terms and conditions of the appointment. Originally, notices appear to have been tailored to a particular appointment, but by the mid-1930s they took the form of a pro-forma. The registers can provide additional information about staff appointments to that found in Senate and Council records, and in other sources such as the Vice-Chancellor's files on chair appointments. Information in the registers may provide the only substantive information about the purpose and duties of some appointments below professorial level.

All volumes are indexed.

Former reference: RA/29/1

Administrative / Biographical History

See scope and content note

Conditions Governing Access

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 University of Manchester Library (UML) holds the right to process personal data for research purposes. The Data Protection (Processing of Sensitive Personal Data) Order 2000 enables the UML to process sensitive personal data for research purposes. In accordance with the DPA, UML 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.

Acquisition Information

Transferred to the University Archives from the Registrar's Office in the 1970s.

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.

Accruals

None expected

Related Material

The Senate Committees minutes (USC/2) contain records of ad hoc appointments committees, which details the selection process up to the recommendation of appointment. OCA/19 contains selective information on staff appointments at Owens College, although by no means a complete record of academic appointments. Appointments to chairs may be covered by a relevant file in the Vice-chancellor's archive (VCA/7) [note very little information exists on pre-1930 chair appointments].

Geographical Names