University of Manchester Official Publications Collection

  • Reference
      GB 133 UOP
  • Dates of Creation
  • Name of Creator
  • Language of Material
  • Physical Description
      Approx. 415 items
  • Location
      Collection available at University Archive and Records Centre, main University Library.

Scope and Content

The official Victoria University of Manchester publications covered by this collection are: Calendars (UOP/1), Reports of Council to Court (UOP/2), Registers of Graduates (UOP/3), Digests of Statistics(UOP4), staff manuals, accommodation, IT and student guides. There is also a series of publications relating to the Manchester Education Precinct project in the 1960s and 1970s (UOP/9) and brochures produced for the opening of new buildings (UOP/12). UOP/11 is a series of single publications and internally circulated reports, and UOP/16 a miscellaneous collection of reports produced by external consultants and experts. There are also separate series for documents produced for the 1973 charter ((UOP/18), UGC visitations during the 1970s and 1980s (UOP/18) and RAE submissions from the 1980s (UOP/19). Further information about the constituent parts of this collection are given at the series level description for each publication.

This collection excludes any specifically departmental publications.

Administrative / Biographical History

This artificial collection comprises the main official publications of the University of Manchester, namely the Calendars, Reports of Court to Council, annual reports and statements of accounts, Registers of Graduates, staff manuals, student and accommodation guides, and related documents. They are a particularly rich source of information about the governance and organization of the University, its staff and students, and activities in teaching, learning, research, etc.


The official publications are arranged into the following series:

  • UOP/1 University of Manchester Calendars 1904-2003
  • UOP/2 Reports of Council to Court/Annual Reports 1904-2004
  • UOP/3 Registers of Graduates [1851-1981]
  • UOP/4 Digests of statistics 1986-1994/5.
  • UOP/5 Staff manuals
  • UOP/6 Student guides
  • UOP/7 Information for New Students
  • UOP/8 Accommodation guides
  • UOP/9 Manchester Education Precinct documents
  • UOP/10 Annual Operating Statements
  • UOP/11 Miscellaneous publications and reports
  • UOP/12 Publications relating to University buildings
  • UOP/13 IT Services guides
  • UOP/14 Student finance guides
  • UOP/15 UGC visitation documents
  • UOP/16 External publications/reports about the University
  • UOP/17 Private ordinances
  • UOP/18 Charter revision documents
  • UOP/19 RAE submissions
  • UOP/20 Telephone Directories
  • UOP/21 Facts and Figures

Access Information

The collection is open to any accredited reader.

Other Finding Aids


Conditions Governing Use

This collection is owned by the University of Manchester.

Photocopies, scans and photographic copies can be supplied for private study and research purposes only, depending on the condition of the documents.

A number of items within the archive remain within copyright under the terms of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988; it is the responsibility of users to obtain the copyright holder's permission for reproduction of copyright material for purposes other than research or private study.

Prior written permission must be obtained from the Library for publication or reproduction of any material within the archive. Please contact the Head of Special Collections, John Rylands Library, 150 Deansgate, Manchester M3 3EH, tel. tel.: +44 (0)161 834 5343.

Custodial History

Official publications are transferred automatically to the University Archives on publication.


With the exception of some missing items, no further accruals are expected.

Related Material

The official publications of Owens College (Calendars, Reports of Council, Principal's Reports) form part of the Owens College Archive (OCA). UMIST and its predecessor organizations produced a range of similar official publications, which form part of the UMIST archive (TOP. Prospectuses are kept as part of a separate collection (PRO

The Official Publications Collection comprise high-level serial publications of the University. University-sponsored magazines and newsletters can be found in the University of Manchester Publications Collection: Newspapers, Magazines and Newsletters (UMP), including the University of Manchester Gazette and This week/This Week, Next Week. The Students Union Archive includes student-oriented publications issued by the Union (SUA. Faculty and Departmental publications will usually form part of the archive of that particular department, unless they are prospectuses.

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