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IFE, Barry William (b 1947): College and University administration

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0100 KCLCA K/PP115
Held at: King's College London College Archives - click here to see details of the physical location of collection
Full title: IFE, Barry William (b 1947): College and University administration
Date(s): 1930s-2004
Level of description: Collection level
Extent: approx 36 boxes
Name of creator(s): Ife | Barry William | b 1947 | Professor of Spanish


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born 1947; educated at The Sweyne School, Rayleigh, Essex, 1958-1965; London College of Music, ALCM Diploma, 1965; King's College London, Spanish BA Honours (First Class) with French Subsidiary, 1965-1968 and M Phil Spanish, 1968-1969 and 1971-1972; Birkbeck College London, PhD, 1984.

Assistant lecturer in Spanish, University of Nottingham, 1969-1971; lecturer in Spanish, Birkbeck College, University of London, 1972-1988; appointed Cervantes Chair of Spanish, King's College London, 1988; Head of the School of Humanities, King's College London, 1989-1996; Governor of the Royal Academy of Music, 1996-2004; Vice-Principal, King's College London, 1997-2003; Acting Principal, King's College London, 2003-2004; Principal, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, 2004; received CBE in the 2000 birthday honours for services to Hispanic studies; Honorary Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music in 2001 for services to the Academy.

Ife's interests and expertise include cultural history of Spain and Spanish America from the fifteenth to the eighteenth centuries and Spanish keyboard music.

Publications include: Reading and fiction in Golden-Age Spain: a Platonist critique and some picaresque replies (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1985); Letters from America: Columbus's first accounts of the 1492 voyage edited and translated by Ife, (London School of Humanities, Kings College London, 1992); Early Spanish keyboard music : an anthology in three volumes edited by Barry Ife and Roy Truby (Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1986). Ife also edited Corpus of Contemporary Spanish, a machine-readable corpus, a 5,250,000 word electronic database of contemporary Spanish language on CD-ROM, funded by King's College London Research Strategy Fund.


Scope and content/abstract:

Academic administration papers of Professor Barry Ife, 1991-2003, including:
King's College London (KCL): KCL/UMSD merger papers, 1996-2001; KCL Special Examination Arrangements Committee, 1997-1998; School of Slavonic and East European Studies, 1997-1998; e-Learning review, 2003; Resource Allocation Group, 2001-2002; Social Science review, 1999-2000; Rolls Estate, 1998-2002; Peer Review of English, 2000; Strand Campus redevelopment, 1998-2003; Strategic Planning, 1998-2001

University of London: PhD Review Group, 2001-2002

University of Birmingham Modern Languages Review Panel, 2000

London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) validation, 2002-2003

Papers also include printed material, [1930s]-2004, including off prints and volumes related to Spanish American history including Letters from America; Columbus's first Accounts of the 1492 voyage edited and translated by B W Ife, (King's College London, London, 1992) and Reading Columbus by M Zamora (University of California Press, Berkley, 1993).

Access & Use

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System of arrangement:

Arranged as in Scope and Content.

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Finding aids:

Box lists available within the reading room.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Transferred to King's College London College Archives, 2004.

Allied Materials

Related material:

GB 0100 KCLCA K/PP100.

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Katie Mooney and edited by Samantha Velumyl.

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; Standard National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal Place and Corporate Names 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
2005 and June 2008.

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