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In an attempt to make good a small part of this omission we offer here a general and methodologically old-fashioned survey of the processes of decision-making within British universities today. It is general because, no such general study having been undertaken before, it seemed impossible at the outset to make any sensible choice of particular institutions or processes on which to concentrate.2 (We hope, however, that our work will make it easier for others to probe more deeply into special aspects of university government-and especially into the grass-roots level of the department and subject.) The lack of previous work also made it difficult to identify in advance those areas which would have repaid the use of sophisticated research tools like the attitude survey.