UMA holds the student records in the form of cards for students enrolled at University of Melbourne dating from the university's inception in 1853 up until 1986.
Access is permitted under the following conditions:
- If the last date on the card is over 75 years ago: a scan of both sides of the card will be provided
- Less than 75 years: written permission of the former student or their next of kin, or proof of death (such as a published obituary) required
- No permission or proof of death obtained: UMA can confirm some details, such as degree conferred and date, but cannot provide a scanned card
How can I request a student record card?
Place an online request through Aeon, the Reading Room’s request management system. Select the Student Card Request Form.
Scans of student record cards are provided by email – there is no need to attend the Reading Room. The date in the request form assists with our scheduling.
How were the student record cards prepared?
Information recorded on student record cards began to be compiled from shortly before World War I in response to requests for confirmation of results or other reasons. In the late 1970s, a staff member worked systematically through all available primary records to compile a complete set of student record cards up until 1986, after which student records have been retained electronically.
Is the set complete and accurate?
Sometimes a card is ‘not found’ by archivists. This generally indicates that a person was not a student of the University. In such cases, researchers are advised to check in the University of Melbourne Calendars Collection for a record of graduates in the previous year. A small number of students may not be represented in the main series of cards (reference numbers 1988.0051, 1991.0066, 1995.0071 and 2002.0005), particularly if they were studying single subjects and not formally enrolled at the University.
- Music students may be found within 1999.0098 and 1981.0016.
- Architecture students may be recorded in 1991.0010.
- Melbourne Teachers’ College students 1936-1983 may be found within 2014.0089; Technical Teachers’ College students 1952-1970 and 1971-1972 may be found within 2014.0093 and 2014.0094 respectively.
Degree and diploma titles are generally abbreviated
For example, B.A. = Bachelor of Arts
The detail on student cards is primarily about coursework degrees at Undergraduate level. Higher degrees undertaken principally by research, such as Masters and Doctorate may only be recorded on the card with a date for conferral. If you wish to find a copy of a person’s thesis, please consult Minerva Access. Not all theses are included in the catalogue, contact the Reading Room for assistance.
Symbols and Abbreviations
P Pass P E (capital ‘E’ smaller than the ‘P’) meaning unknown N Failed Abs Absent (did not sit examination) W Passed well (only used in matriculation results) H Passed with Honours H1 = First Class Honours; H2 = Second Class Honours;H2A, H2B = Second Class Honours, A or B Division; H3 = Third Class Honour Cl. (placed on the Class List -Passed with Honours) S/s Single subject enrolment (not part of the candidate’s degree program) CS Civil Service Examination, which ran in conjunction with the matric examination from c.1870 Enrolment number, e.g. 18780026 26th person enrolled in 1878; later, only the last two digits of the year were entered, e.g. 050026 Matriculation Roll number, e.g. 30 thirtieth person to sign the matriculation roll Matriculation Roll date Date signed, not the date on which qualified to matriculate. The roll was usually signed when the person enrolled as an undergraduate at University. The matriculation rolls are collection 1992.0107 and may be accessed by request. ‘Remarks’ section on obverse, below date of signing Matric roll May contain something like ‘4th Term 1904’: the date when the person completed the requirements to be eligible to matriculate. Number on degree line, e.g. B.A. 35 = 35th person to be awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree from Melbourne 'Ordinary Examination’ not an Honours Examination ‘C.R.T.S.’ Commonwealth Reconstruction Training Scheme [a scheme initiated during WWII to provide financial assistance to ex-service and other students starting or returning to university studies, especially in the immediate postwar years C.T.’ (as in ‘B.A. as C.T.’) Certificated Teacher of the Education Department (and subject to certain Regulations, to be found in UniversityCalendars) Abbreviations of sources referred to in the Remarks section Cl. Min.’ = Council minutes; ‘PB Min’ or ‘PB’ = Professorial Board minutes; Fac. Min. = faculty minutes
ad eundem and honoris causa degrees
A degree ad eundem (of the same rank) recognises qualifications earnt elsewhere and confers academic standing. The notation ‘a.e.g.’ on student cards refers to this recognition.
Honorary degrees and other honors gained after graduation are rarely noted on student cards. Usually considered as an award, an honorary degree is given without any of the usual requirements. Typically a doctorate or, less commonly, a master's degree, these degrees are known by the phrases honoris causa (for the sake of the honour) or ad honor em (to the honour).
All honorary degrees awarded by the University of Melbourne are listed here
Finding further information about ad eundem and honoris causa degrees
University of Melbourne. Council Minutes (UM174) record the proposals for both ad eundem and honoris causa degrees and the volumes up to 1901 can be found online by searching 1993.0044 or UM174 in the digitised items catalogue.
1992.0107 University of Melbourne. Students' Records Office vols 1-3: degrees granted ad eundem from the 1850s-1944
1997.0063 Ad Eundem. Extracts from Minutes 1 volume. Extracts from minutes of Professorial Board February 1855-December 1861 and from minutes of Council February 1856-March 1895, concerning Ad Eundem degrees: applications, decisions, statutes etc. From p.501 are notes on various universities, what courses are recognized, etc.
2000.0191 Faculty of Veterinary Science (UM568). In October 1964 the Veterinary Science Faculty established a Credentials Committee to consider ad eundem applications and evaluate credits sought for previous subjects. It comprised the Dean, ex officio, plus three other members. This accession is comprised of Credentials Committee minutes, 1967-1972
How do I cite a student card?
Most student cards are cited simply as Student card for (name), University of Melbourne Archives.
To cite a card within one of the specific collections mentioned above please show the relevant eight digit accession number: Student card for (name), xxxx.xxxx, University of Melbourne Archives.
For more recent records, please contact STOP 1.
The cards are not a formal transcript, nor proof of qualification. For these types of records, refer to Results and academic statements