Papers of R H Fryer

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Various documents, field notes and questionnaires relating to industrial relations research projects, including Rolls Royce redundancy study (1971-1972), NUPE organisation (1973-1978), Coventry in recession (1970s) and SCPS organisation.

Administrative / Biographical History

In October 1970 Bob Fryer began work on a project regarding the organisational behaviour of trade unions at the newly created Industrial Relations Research Unit, University of Warwick. In 1973 he moved to the university's Department of Sociology as a lecturer concerned with the teaching of Research Methods and Social Institutions. He became a Senior Lecturer in 1978, resigning from this post in 1982. While at Warwick, his research projects included redundancy and the collapse of Rolls Royce (with Professor Dorothy Wedderburn on behalf of the Association of Scientific, Technical and Managerial Staffs (ASTMS)), 1971-1972; change and organisation within the National Union of Public Employees (NUPE), 1973-1977 and organisation and representation within the Society of Civil and Public Servants (SCPS), 1979-1982.

Professor Fryer is currently chairman of the National Advisory Committee for Continuing Education and Lifelong Learning and Director of New College at Southampton University.

Reference: University of Warwick, Annual Reports; Bob Fryer et al (ed), Law, State and Society, London, 1981

Conditions Governing Access

Access : Open

Archivist's Note

The material is currently uncatalogued. The papers of Clive Jenkins contain a file relating to Fryer's research into Rolls Royce redundancies (MSS.79/6/CJ/3/43). An authority file exists for R H Fryer (GB 152 AAR1356).

Custodial History

The papers were accumulated by Bob Fryer in the 1970s during the course of his research into industrial relations. They were deposited by the Department of Sociology, University of Warwick, in October 1996.

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