Association of University Teachers (AUT)

Scope and Content

This collection includes: rules and related records; minutes and circulars; general secretary's correspondence and papers; officers' meeting papers; records concerning members; periodical and other publications; University of Warwick local association records.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Association of University Teachers was founded in 1919 following a series of conferences, beginning in December 1917, of the Association of University Lecturers, which derived from the initiative of the Liverpool University Junior Staff Association founded in 1909. On 1 June 2006 it merged with the National Association for Teachers in Further and Higher Education (NATFHE) to form the University and College Union (UCU).

Reference: Harold Perkin, 'Key Profession' (London, 1969). University and College Union website 'Our history' page (

Access Information

This collection is available to researchers by appointment at the Modern Records Centre, University of Warwick. See

Acquisition Information

The initial deposit was made by the AUT in 1974. Additional deposits were made in 1976 and 1989. The Warwick University local association records were deposited by various office-holders in 1979, 1981, 1985 and 1992.

Other Finding Aids

Conditions Governing Use

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


Further deposits are expected.

Related Material

AUT branch records for the relevant institutions are held by the Universities of Dundee, Manchester and York and by University and Royal Holloway Colleges, London. The papers of the Association of University Teachers in Scotland are held by the University of Glasgow.