File: College of Technology

Scope and Content

Papers relating to the administration of the Municipal College of Technology (later UMIST). Since 1905, when the University had established its Faculty of Technology at the College, it had been responsible for managing the College with Manchester City Council, which owned the College. The University was responsible for the College's more advanced studies, while the Council's Education Committee administered the more basic courses. The file deals with discussions between the University and Manchester Education Committee about the running of the College, particularly differences between the two bodies over the relative balance in courses offered (the City Council felt that the College was becoming too oriented to degree courses). In 1920 the Education Committee passed resolutions limiting the number of graduate students at the College and giving preferential entry to students whose parents were local ratepayers. Plans were also mooted to dissolve the link between the Council and the University, with the College reverting to its role in providing non-degree courses. The College Principal, J. Garnett, who opposed the line of the Education Committee, resigned in July 1920. Following long negotiations, a new management structure was introduced for the College in 1921. The file contains correspondence and papers of the main protagonists in this dispute: Henry Miers,principal J. Garnett, and E. Spurley Hey, the Council's Director of Education.

Former reference: 135

Related Material

See also VCA/7/172.