Series 192 - ANU Board of the School of General Studies minutes and agenda papers

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ANU Board of the School of General Studies minutes and agenda papers


  • 1960 - 2004 (Creation)

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9.6 m (29 type 4 and 1 type 1 boxes)

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(1960 - 1980)

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The Board of the School of General Studies was established by amendments to the Australian National University Act in 1960 which effected the association between the ANU and the Canberra University College. The Canberra University College departments became the School of General Studies, while the Research Schools of the University became the Institute of Advanced Studies. The operation of the Board was governed by Statute 41 which came into operation from January 1961 identifying it as the principal body of the School with responsibility for advising Council on any matter relating to education, learning or research. The Board's membership included the Vice-Chancellor as Chair, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, the Principal of the School of General Studies (until 1965), professors of the School, three members of the Board of the Institute of Advanced Studies and later, the Librarian. A member of the Board was appointed as Deputy Chairman and acted as Chair in the Vice-Chancellor's absence. Further amendments to the Act in 1979, coming into operation in 1980, recognised the long-standing practice of the Deputy Chairman chairing the meetings by creating the position Chairman of the Board. These amendments also reconstituted the Board as the Board of The Faculties.

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(1980 - 2004)

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The Board of The Faculties is a direct successor of the Board of the School of General Studies and was established by amendments to the Australian National University Act in 1979, which came into operation in 1980. These amendments established the position of Chairman of the Board (the Board having previously been officially chaired by the Vice-Chancellor but in practice by a Deputy Chairman) and renamed the School of General Studies as The Faculties comprising the Faculty of Arts, Asian Studies, Economics, Law, and Science. The Board was responsible for advising Council on all academic matters relating to The Faculties. From July 2001 to June 2004 this advice was to be transmitted through the Academic Board. It was disestablished with effect from 1 July 2004 by means of the Higher Education Support (Transitional Provisions and Consequential Amendments) Act 2003.

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These are original signed minutes and agenda papers in bound volumes. Minutes and agenda paper for the Board of the School of General Studies from 1960 - 1980, and Board of the Faculties from 1980 - 2004. The first volume of each year contains an index to the meetings.


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Open access under a thirty-year rule

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Prepared by Maggie Shapley on 19 October 2007




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