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History of the ASCR

MH Housman Room main & bar


Arthur Platt, Professor of Greek at the College 1894-1925 and colleague of A.E. Housman (Professor of Latin at the College, 1892-1911), is generally acknowledged to have founded the UCL Common Room.

After the Second World War, the Men's Common Room, the Women's Common Room and the Joint Staff Common Room (founded in 1947) operated independently in the Housman Room, the Margaret Murray Room and the Haldane Room respectively.

In 1969 the three merged to form the Senior Staff Common Room, and in 1979 with the adoption of a new constitution the name was modified to its present form, the Academic Staff Common Room (ASCR).

In 1989 the then Provost, Derek Roberts, re-allocated the Margaret Murray Room for use by College administration; in 2003 the Haldane Room was opened up for use by all UCL staff and in 2007 refurbished and made bookable for meetings and seminars.

The ASCR now provides facilities in the Housman Room for its membership of some 2000 academic and administrative staff.