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University of Glasgow | Faculty of Social Sciences

Corporate Biography



Location of main offices

Glasgow, Scotland

Main function

Educational administration

Related authority entries

University of Glasgow | Faculty of Arts

University of Glasgow | Faculty of Law, Business and Social Sciences


After a long and hotly contested debate, the Faculty of Social Sciences was established in 1977 by removing social science departments from the Faculty of Arts. The development of social science teaching and research had been one of the goals of Sir Hector Hetherington, Principal 1936-1961. This had been encouraged by the University Grants Committee in the 1960s with the establishment of a number of new departments.

In August 2005, the Faculty was merged with the Faculty of Law and Financial Studies to form the Faculty of Law, Business and Social Sciences.


The Faculty initially comprised Political Economy, Psychology, Applied Economics, Economic History, Politics, Sociology, Town and Regional Planning, Social Administration and the Business School.

Administrative structure

The Faculty was presided over by an appointed Dean and conducted its own academic administration, including degree and course development, admissions and appeals and the financial administration of its resources.

In August 2002, the Faculty was reconfigured with the Faculty of Law and Financial Studies as a single resource unit for financial and planning purposes, but remained separate for academic purposes.

Reference codes of collections created by the corporate body




Rules or Conventions

Authority record created according to the National Council on ArchivesRules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names (NCA Rules)1997 and International Council on Archives: Ad Hoc Committee on Descriptive StandardsInternational Standard Archival Authority Record for Corporate Bodies, Persons and Families (ISAAR)CPF1995.

Date of Creation

Corporate name authority record compiled for the GASHE project by Victoria Peters, research archivist, 2 September 2005