Records of Glasgow University Engineering Society, student society, University of Glasgow, Scotland

Scope and Content

  • Minutes of meetings, including syllabus information, proceedings of the society, posters and press cuttings, 1892-1980;
  • Financial records, 1923-1974;
  • Year books, 1933-1969;
  • Photographs taken on visits to Newcastle, Belfast and a continental tour, 1897-1914;
  • Membership cards, including details of office-bearers, syllabus, constitution and social events, 1894-1985;
  • Newsletters, 1971-1985;
  • A History of a Faculty: Engineering at Glasgow University by CA Oakley, 1973;
  • From the Days of the Horseless Carriage: Centenary of the Glasgow University Engineering Society by AS Thom, 1991;
  • Papers relating to society events, 1901-1975.

Administrative / Biographical History

In 1891  a meeting of engineering students of the University of Glasgow formed the Glasgow University Engineering Society, with Professor Barr as Honorary President. The aim of the society was the promotion of the study of Engineering and the spread of Engineering information among the members by discussions and by such other means as the Society approved. A new constitution was drafted in 1960  and approved on 24 February 1962  . Under this constitution the society was divided into two sections, for graduates and undergraduates with each controlling its own affairs and finances. The graduate section published the yearbook until 1969  , when inflated printing costs led to its demise. However, it was decided in 1971  that an annual newsletter replaced the yearbook.

In 1977,  the Glasgow University Engineers' Society, consisting only of graduates was formed. This body was completely separate from the Engineering Society despite supporting it in all its commitments. It took over the publication of the newsletter. Once again however, increased costs and the inability to find an editor resulted in the last newsletter appearing in 1984.

The society continued to meet in 2012  with its aim being to "further the educational, technical, sporting and social needs of its members". Membership is open to all matriculated students of the University on payment of a subscription. The society is administered by a committee of a president, vice-president, secretary, representatives for sport, publicity multimedia, overseas and individual departments, elected at the annual general meeting held on the first Monday of the Candlemas term. The Society was affiliated to the Glasgow University Students' Representatives Council


The arrangement of this material reflects the original order in which it was received

Access Information


Acquisition Information

Deposit : J M S Dale : 1977

Deposit : AK McDermaid : 1981

Deposit : Enterprise Unit, University of Glasgow : 1991 : ACCN 1161

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Thom, AS,From the Days of the Horseless Carriage: Centenary of the Glasgow University Engineering Society ( Glasgow , 1991  ) .

Additional Information

Description compiled in line with the following international standards: International Council on Archives Ad Hoc Commission on Descriptive Standards,ISAD(G) General International Standard Archival Description Notes and National Council on Archives,Rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate names

Scotland is the location of all place names in the administrative/biographical history element, unless otherwise stated.

Collection catalogued by members of compiled by Nyree Morrison, Archives Assistant, 14 June 2000. Catalogue converted to Encoded Archival Description by Andrew Thomson, Hub Project Archivist, 19 July 2004. Edited by David Powell, Hub Project Archivist, 6 September 2002, and Jane Heward, Archive Assistant, 12 July 2011.

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