Constitution of the Institute of Historical Research

Objects

1. The objects of the Institution are:

1.1 to promote the study of history and an appreciation of the importance of the past among academics and the general public, in the UK and internationally, and to provide institutional support and individual leadership for this broad historical community;

1.2 to offer a wide range of services which promote and facilitate excellence in historical research, teaching and scholarship in the UK, by means of its library, seminars, conferences, fellowships, training, and publications, both electronic and in printed form;

1.3 to further high quality research into particular aspects of the past by its research centres;

1.4 to provide an accessible and stimulating portal for the exchange of ideas and information and current developments in historical scholarship.

The School of Advanced Study

2. The Institute is a member-Institute of the School of Advanced Study of the University, and this Scheme is to be read in conjunction with the Constitution of the School, approved by the Council of the University. The Board, Directorate and the Dean of the School of Advanced Study are hereinafter referred to as ‘the Board’, ‘the Directorate’ and ‘the Dean’ respectively.

The Director of the Institute

3. The Director is the academic and administrative Head of the Institute and is appointed in accordance with the Protocol of the School of Advanced Study for the Appointment of Directors of Institutes.

4. The Director is accountable to the Vice-Chancellor, through the Dean, for the academic, administrative and financial business of the Institute within financial guidelines laid down by the University and in accordance with the objects of the Institute and with policies determined by the Council, the Board and the Directorate.

In particular, the Director shall:

4.1 advance the objects of the Institute within the resources available;

4.2 in consultation with the Advisory Council of the Institute, formulate plans for the Institute's academic development for consideration by the Directorate of the School of Advanced Study;

4.3 implement approved plans and supervise, direct and participate in the academic work of the Institute, reporting periodically to the Advisory council as appropriate on the academic work of the Institute.

4.4 prepare and submit to the Advisory Council an annual report on the activity of the Institute for consideration and forwarding to the Directorate and the Board of the School.

4.5 consult with and report to the Advisory Council on matters which should be drawn to their attention for information and advice.

5. The Director shall ex officio be a member of the Advisory Council and of the Directorate.

Advisory Council of the Institute constitution

6. The Advisory Council shall consist of the following:

Ex officio members

The Director of the Institute

The Dean of the School of Advanced Study

Appointed members

Six historians from outside of the University (having regard to ensuring a balanced regional representation), including other academic institutions in the London area.

One representative from a relevant department of each of the following Colleges of the University, nominated by the College:

Birkbeck College

Goldsmiths College

King's College London

The London School of Economics and Political Science

Queen Mary

Royal Holloway

The School of Oriental and African Studies

University College London

One person elected by and from the postgraduate history students of the University.

One person elected by and from the whole of the staff of the Institute.

Seven persons who are not primarily employees of academic institutions (from, for example, libraries, museums, galleries, archives, publishing, scholarly bodies, learned societies, research funding bodies, finance, business, the professions, the public service, the media and Parliament).

The Chairman shall be appointed by the Board of the School. If not a member at the time of appointment, the Chairman shall become a member in the appropriate category. The Chairman shall be appointed for a period of three years.

The Council shall be deemed to be duly constituted in accordance with this clause notwithstanding a vacancy in any category or sub-category of membership.

7. A set of papers for each meeting of the Advisory Council shall be sent to the Vice-Chancellor as Chairman of the Board.

8. The Advisory Council will appoint persons to be members of the Advisory Council, with the exception of the ex officio members.

9. The Advisory Council will review its membership annually taking account of the guidelines set out below:

9.1 appointed representatives of Colleges of the University of London may serve for a maximum of four consecutive years, except in the circumstances set out in Clause 9.5 below. The maximum of six years will apply even in the event of a person's category of membership of the Advisory Council changing;

9.2 once a College representative has served on the Advisory Council for a period of four consecutive years, a period of two years must normally elapse before that person becomes eligible for reappointment to the Advisory Council (but service as an ex officio member shall not count for this purpose);

9.3 historians from outside the University may serve a maximum period of four consecutive years, except in the circumstances set out in 9.4 below. The maximum of four years will apply even in the event of a person’s category of membership of the Advisory Council changing.

9.4 appointed members not primarily employees of academic institutions may serve for a maximum of six consecutive years. Terms of office are four years with an option to renew for a further two years.

9.5 the circumstances referred to in Clause 9.1 are:

9.5.1 if a member is appointed as Chairman of the Advisory Council;

9.5.2 where in the opinion of the Board of the School specialised knowledge or experience is required;

9.6 any Student members should be appointed for a maximum of two years.

9.7 any Staff members should be appointed for a maximum of two years.

10. The Chairman of the Advisory Council will be appointed by the Board after appropriate consultation.

11. Ten members of the Advisory Council shall constitute a quorum.

Terms of Reference

12. The Advisory Council shall:

12.1 advise the Director as to the promotion of the objects of the Institute, within the University nationally and internationally;

12.2 consider, and advise the Director on, the Director's plans for the future development of the Institute:

12.3 receive reports from, and advise the Director on, any aspect of the Institute's work, and consider and forward to the Directorate and the Board an annual report on the activity of the Institute:

12.4 give advice to the Directorate or Board in connection with the affairs of the Institute, whether at their request or on its own initiative;

12.5 from time to time make recommendations to the Board on the terms of reference and constitution of the Advisory Council;

12.6 carry out as and when required:

1. the functions relating to the appointment of the Director of the Institute specified in the Protocol of the School of Advanced Study for the Appointment of Directors of Institutes (see Appendix);

2. functions of conferring, or approving arrangements for conferring, the title of Fellow in accordance with principles and procedures approved from time to time by the Directorate;

3. such other functions as may be given it by the Board or the Directorate.

12.7 as appropriate, establish and disestablish standing and other committees.

Staff

13. Staff of the Institute are employed by the University on conditions of service determined by the University and are subject to the Statutes, Ordinances and Regulations of the University.

Scheme

14. This Scheme is subject to modification from time to time by the Board.

 

Date of approval by the Board: December 2006