Papers on University history collected by Prof. Scott Newton

Scope and Content

A set of personal papers relating to the financial crisis which engulfed University College, Cardiff (UCC) and led to the merger with University of Wales Institute of Science and Technology (UWIST) over the two years from 1986-88. These were hectic times during which UCC came very close to collapse, and the papers provide some insights into what went on behind the scenes.

Contains University and government documents (accounts, press releases, newsletters), records of meetings, correspondence with leading figures (including Neil Kinnock, then leader of the Labour Party) and records of conversations with senior figures from both UCC and UWIST.

Most documents date from 1985-1988.

Administrative / Biographical History

In the late 1980s, Prof. Newton was, consecutively, Vice-President (1985-86), President (1986-87) and Vice-President (1987-88) of the union for Academic and Academic -Related staff, the AUT (now called the UCU).

Education and qualifications

  • King Edward's School Birmingham
  • Sidney Sussex College Cambridge (MA History)
  • PhD (Birmingham) 1982

Career Overview

  • 2016 - present: Emeritus Professor of History, Cardiff School of History, Archaeology and Religion
  • 2011-16: Professor of Modern British and International History, Cardiff School of History, Archaeology and Religion
  • 2006: Reader in Modern British and International History, Cardiff School of Archaeology and History
  • 1997: Senior Lecturer in Modern British and International History, Cardiff School of Archaeology and History
  • 1985-86: Visiting Lecturer in Economic and Social History, University of Birmingham
  • 1983: appointed Lecturer in Modern British and International History, University College, Cardiff (now Cardiff University)
  • 1982-83: Temporary Lecturer in Economic and Social History, University of Birmingham
  • 1982: Temporary Lecturer in Modern History, Worcester College of Higher Education
  • 1981: Part-time lecturer in Modern History, Crewe and Alsager College of Higher Education (now part of Manchester Metropolitan University)
  • 1979-83: Part-time lecturer in Extra-Mural Studies, University of Birmingham

Honours and awards

  • 2005: ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council) grant to support 2 years' full-time research (2006-8) into the Labour Governments of 1964-70 and the International Economy
  • 2002: AHRC (Arts and Humanities Research Council) grant to fund study leave while writing The Global Economy, 1944-2000
  • 1994: British Academy Small Grants fund to assist research and travel while writing Profits of Peace
  • 1983: Wolfson Foundation: support for research into British governments' policy towards sterling convertibility in the early 1950s

Professional memberships

  • Royal Historical Society
  • Economic History Society
  • History and Policy Network

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically, as received from donor.

Access Information

Access is available by prior appointment, during 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday.
Access to modern records may be restricted under the Data Protection Act.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Prof. Scott Newton in 2015, prior to his retirement in 2016.

Related Material

Additional records relating to Cardiff University and its predecessor institutions are held in Institutional Archives, and are the responsibility of the University Records Manager.