Papers of the Council for National Academic Awards

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Subject files, 1965-1992 relating to changes in fine art courses; work experience; graphic design subject review; HMI Residential Conference on Business & Professional Awareness; music subject review; Institute of Leisure & Amenity Management; Association for Science Education; Clothing & Allied Products Industry Training Board (CAPITB); Credit Accumulation & Transfer Scheme (CATS); National Health Service Training Authority Scheme. Institute of Fire Engineers, including submissions for CATS; National Forum for the performing Arts. A later deposit includes reports, 1990-1992.

Administrative / Biographical History

The CNAA was founded by Royal Charter in 1964, with the object of advancing education, learning, knowledge, and the arts by means of the grant of academic awards and distinctions. The Council did this by approving courses at educational institutions other than universities and granting degrees to persons who carried out research under conditions approved by the Council. Boards of Studies, later Committees ensured that the degrees were comparable to those granted by universities. (Draft article for Library Review, A.M. Ridley and J.S. Weir, June 1984, file CN/M, miscellaneous files). The Council ceased to exist in 1993.

Reference: Finding aid to the collection


The Modern Records Centre uses a classification scheme. For further details of the scheme, see It is compatible with ISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description (2000).

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on access to these papers.

Acquisition Information

This collection was deposited in the Centre by the Council for National Academic Awards in 1993 and 1999.

Other Finding Aids

A copy of this collection-level description is available in paper format in the Centre's searchroom. A file level catalogue is also available in paper format in the Centre's searchroom.

An authority record exists for Council for National Academic Award (GB 152 AAR1155).

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions on the use of this archive, apart from the requirements of copyright law.

Appraisal Information

This collection has been weeded for duplicates.


Further deposits are expected.

Related Material

Further papers of the CNAA are located at the Modern Records Centre in the Papers of Qualidata (MSS.371/CNAA). The CNAA's minutes, 1964-85, and annual reports, 1964-89, are available in the Public Record Office (ref. DB 3 and DB 2). Later minutes and reports will be added to these deposits.

In addition to its own archives, the CNAA has deposited the archives of the National Council for Diplomas in Art & Design (MSS.322/AD) and the archives of the National Council for Technological Awards (MSS.322/TA) with the Modern Records Centre.