Papers of the Committee of Directors of Polytechnics

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Committee papers (minutes, agenda, and other papers): Officers' and Chairmen's meetings, 1972-87; CDP meetings, 1970-91; Executive Committee and Board of Directors, 1987-90; Management Committee, 1989-92; Circulars, 1972-92; Computer Advisory Group, 1979-82; Admissions Advisory Group, 1976-87; Academic Affairs Standing Committee, 1976-87; Education Standing Committee, 1988-9; Finance and Planning Committee (later Resources and Planning Standing Committee), 1974-87; Funding Standing Committee, 1988-9; General Purposes Committee, (later General Purposes, Finance & Planning Standing Committee) 1976-8; External Activities Standing Committee, 1988-9; Industrial Liaison Advisory Group, 1978-87; Research Advisory Group, 1985-7; Staff and Student Affairs Standing Committee, 1973-9; Working Parties, 1985-90; Financial papers, 1976-87.

Subject Files, arranged in file registry order: Relations with other organisations; staff matters; CDP office administration; relations with DES; relations with CNAA; photographs of polytechnics; polytechnic names; student accommodation; student fees and grants, including overseas students; staff affairs; employment; European Community; functional groups; British Council; relations with trade unions; miscellaneous files.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Committee of Directors of Polytechnics was established 30 April 1970, when 20 of the proposed 30 polytechnics had been designated. The object of the Committee was to provide a forum for the discussion of matters of common interest and to contribute to the evolution of policy for the future development of polytechnics within the total provision for higher education in England and Wales. The CDP had its own secretariat from October 1972, situated at St Katherine's House. The CDP came to an end in 1993, with the end of the binary division between universities and polytechnics. Its role was taken over by the Committee of Vice-Chancellors and Principals.

Reference: CDP press release, 3 October 1973, ref. MSS.326/Box 53/Staff and Student affairs standing committee.


The collection is arranged as described above according to the original order used by the Committee of Directors of Polytechnics.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on access to these papers.

Acquisition Information

This collection was deposited in the Centre by Committee of Vice-Chancellors and Principals in 1993.

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 Committee of Directors of Polytechnics (GB 152 AAR2272).

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

The Modern Records Centre also holds papers of the Committee of Vice-Chancellors and Principals (GB 150 399).