D1042 - Archive of the Academic Institutions Management Service (AIMS) - 1968-2013
The bulk of the collection comprises printed reports on matters of university administration published by AIMS and its predecessor organisations between 1968 and 2003, as well as some reports published by AIMS and Associates Ltd after that date. There are also annual reports, surveys, and guides pub...
|Archive level description:||Fonds|
|Physical Description:||16 boxes.|
|Summary:||The bulk of the collection comprises printed reports on matters of university administration published by AIMS and its predecessor organisations between 1968 and 2003, as well as some reports published by AIMS and Associates Ltd after that date. There are also annual reports, surveys, and guides published by AIMS. Some administrative records of the organisation also survive, including management committee minutes and documents relating to the setting up of AIMS and Associates in 2003.|
|Accruals:||No further accruals are expected.|
|Access Conditions:||Much of the collection is closed access. Consult the finding aid for further information.|
|Arrangement:||The collection is arranged into three series: administrative records of AIMS, publications by AIMS, and publications of the Southern Universities Management Services.|
|Finding Aids:||A copy of this finding aid is available for consultation in the reading room.|
|Access Restrictions:||Reproduction and Licensing Rules available on request.|
The Academic Institutions Management Service was founded as the North Western Universities' Organisation and Methods Unit in late 1967, to serve the Universities of Lancaster, Liverpool, Manchester, Salford, and the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST). In 1986 the organisation's name was changed to the North Western Universities' Management Services Unit. Membership grew to include the University of Birmingham, the University of Wales, Bangor, and the University of Keele. In 1994 the name was changed again to the Academic Institutions Management Service (AIMS). AIMS was wound up in 2003 and replaced by AIMS and Associates Ltd, which fulfilled a similar role until its closure in 2012.
The organisation produced commissioned research reports for its member institutions and external bodies, which covered a wide range of aspects of university administration. In the 1980s the Unit also provided the secretariat for North Western Universities' Joint Consultative Committee on Purchasing Services and Supplies, which aimed to take advantage of economies of scale through joint purchasing.