The Department of Extra-Mural Studies oversaw the University's extra-mural teaching programme. It worked closely with local branches of the Workers' Educational Association to provide such teaching. It was headed by a Director, and formed part of the Faculty of Education. The Department employed a number of staff tutors, some based at the University and others at regional teaching centres.
During the period covered by this file, the Department diversified its activities, expanding into the area of in-service training courses for hospital staff teachers, and social workers; many of these courses were provided at the Department's residential college at Holly Royde in south Manchester. Much of the material in the files is concerned with staffing matters, particularly arrangements for the appointments of new Directors (Werner Burmeister in 1960, and George Wedell in 1965), as well as the career progression issues of the staff tutors. Several memoranda are informative on the strategic issues affecting the Department in these years: "What is an extra-mural department?" (1956); "Relations of the Extra-Mural Department and the community during the last ten years"; and Wedell's survey of UK extra-mural departments (1965-66).