About us

The Gardens, Libraries and Museums (GLAM) group, formerly known as Academic Services and University Collections (ASUC), includes the providers of the major academic services to the divisions, and also departments with responsibilities including, but extending beyond, the immediate teaching and research needs of the University. The collections embodied within these departments are an essential part of the University’s wider nature and mission. They are part of its heritage as the country’s oldest University and now form a resource of national and international importance for teaching, research and cultural life; they also make a major contribution to the University’s outreach and access missions.

The GLAM Secretariat, under the direction of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (GLAM), provides co-ordination and support for the GLAM departments.


The cost-effective provision of world-class resources in support of (a) teaching and learning (b) research, and (c) access and outreach for the University of Oxford and, where appropriate, national and international users and audiences. To secure staff and non-staff resources, equipment, and an estate optimally fitted to achieve those objectives.


The GLAM Secretariat is also responsible for the administration of three licensing schemes on behalf of the University as a whole: those of the Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA), the Educational Recording Agency (ERA) and the Open University Off-Air Recording Scheme.


Each of the departments in GLAM has a governing body prescribed by Statute or Regulation: the Curators of the University Libraries and the Boards of Visitors of the individual museums and of the Botanic Garden.

The GLAM Group falls within the portfolio of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (GLAM), who chairs an overarching Strategy Group, comprising the heads of the main constituent sectors.

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