Papers of the Society for Research into Higher Education

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Governing Council minutes, 1966-1974, 1977-1984; Research Committee papers, 1980-1988; Activities Committee papers, 1980-1988; Publications Committee minutes and correspondence, 1972-1984; SHRE/Open University Press Editorial Board minutes, 1986-1988, and papers, 1979-1992; Studies in Higher Education Editorial Board minutes, 1975-1989, and papers, 1977-1987; copies of publications, 1967-1993; conference and seminar papers, reports and some administrative files, 1967-1997; papers on Society awards (fellowships and associate memberships), 1986-1991; financial papers, 1970-1992; administrative subject files, 1972-1997; chairman's papers, 1973-1977; treasurer's papers, 1988-1994; working group papers, 1981-1995; Research into Higher Education Abstracts, vols 1-26 (missing a few issues); Higher Education Quarterly, vols 41-46 (missing only vol 42 no 2); Studies in Higher Education, vols 1-17 (complete)

Papers of Prof Donald Bligh relating to his work on university entrance (MSS.323/6/Bligh).

Papers of Prof Graeme Moodie, 1953-1996 (MSS.323/6/M).

Papers of Dr Ernest Rudd, 1962-1992 (MSS.323/6/R).

Administrative / Biographical History

The Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE) was established in 1965 to stimulate and co-ordinate research into all aspects of higher education. It seeks to improve the quality of higher education through the encouragement of debate and publication on all aspects of policy, organisation, management, curriculum, teaching and learning relating to higher education and its institutions. The Society is wholly independent and unsubsidised and is reliant for its income on subscriptions, sales of publications, conference fees and grants. It has individual and corporate members, and its membership is international. The Society publishes many books under the SRHE Open University Press imprint and also produces the journals Studies in Higher Education, Higher Education Quarterly (formerly Universities Quarterly), Research into Higher Education Abstracts and SRHE News and International News. The Society's Annual Conference is held in December at and in collaboration with an institute of higher education, and is a major forum for academics working in this field. Additional conferences, seminars and consultations on a variety of topics are held throughout the year, and the Society also runs a number of study groups and networks for those working in particular specialist fields.

The collection also includes the papers of Professor Graeme Moodie, Dr Ernest Rudd and Professor Donald Bligh, all academics heavily involved with the SRHE.

Reference: SRHE website.


The collection is uncatalogued.

Conditions Governing Access

Written permission from the Society for Research into Higher Education is required. Please contact the Centre for further details.

Acquisition Information

The first deposit was made by the SRHE in 1993. Further deposits were made in 1999 and 2001. The Moodie, Rudd and Bligh papers were deposited in 2000.

Other Finding Aids

A box list is available in the Centre's searchroom.

Authority records exist for the Society for Research into Higher Education (GB 152 AAR1859), Professor Donald Bligh (GB 152 AAR1603) and Professor Graeme Moodie (GB 152 AAR1619).

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

The Centre also holds the papers of the Committee of Directors of Polytechnics (MSS.326), Committee of Vice-Chancellors and Principals (MSS.399) and Council for National Academic Awards (MSS.322/CN and MSS.371/CNAA).