Papers of Bernard Holloway (1918-1995)

Scope and Content

Papers relating to Bernard Holloway's work in careers guidance and counselling, including material relating to his work as Secretary of the Manchester University Careers and Appointments Service, including booklets about the service, 1977-1982 and reports and papers presented to the Appointments Board, 1963-1984; papers relating to later projects including IndEX, a pre-university industrial training scheme, 1986-1988 and a Business Graduate Survey undertaken in 1985-1986; correspondence and personal papers, 1975-1995; published and unpublished writings on graduate careers, careers counselling; and articles and newscuttings by others on the subject of careers education, [1971-1985], including the 'Careers Weekly' produced by the Careers and Appointments Office on Monash University and Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services Publications.

Administrative / Biographical History

Bernard John Holloway was born in Finchley, north London, on 11 Feb 1918. He was educated at Christ's Hospital, Horsham, 1929-1937; and Magalen College, Oxford, where he graduated in 1941 with BA Hons. in chemistry and went on to a BSc in 1942 and a MA in 1944. From 1941-1944 he was a research chemist at Glaxo Laboratories Ltd. In 1944 he joined the Fleet Air Arm on flying duties where he ended World War Two as a sub-lieutenant career advisor giving advice to naval personnel who were returning after the War. In 1946 he trained as a teacher and taught science at Blundell's School, Tiverton, Devon, before moving on to the Personnel Department of the British Nylon Spinner Ltd in 1951.

In 1960 he became the Secretary of the Careers and Appointment Service at the University of Manchester. At Manchester he visited universities in Europe, South Africa, USA, Canada, Israel, and Australia to observe their facilities for careers guidance; was responsible for the development of 'Manchester Clearing House' vacancy lists before they were taken over by the Central Services Unit for University and Polytechnic Careers Services (CSU); and was a driving force in the creation of the Register of Graduate and Employment and Training (ROGET), which later developed into PROSPECTS. He also contributed to the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services. Holloway also wrote extensively on careers counselling and the careers prospects of graduates at a period when the numbers of students attending universities was increasing and the graduate employment market was becoming more competitive.

In 1984 he retired to south Wales, but continued to work in the area of graduate careers until 1988 when ill health prevented him from doing so. From 1985-1986, he collected information on business for a Business Graduate Survey at Manchester Business School and from 1986-1989 he worked for the South West Region of the IndEX scheme, which offered pre-university placements for school leavers in industry and commerce. He died on 11 Feb 1995.


The papers were arranged into the follow series when the arrived at the Institute: papers regarding Manchester: later projects; correspondence and personal papers; writings by Holloway; and writings and publications by other individuals or bodies.

Access Information

Restricted access

Open, subject to signature of Reader Application Form. Records containing personal data in Series HOL/2 have been closed under the Data Protection Act (1998)

Other Finding Aids

Catalogued on CALM and paper catalogue available in the Archives Office.

Conditions Governing Use

A reader wishing to publish any quotation of information, including pictorial, derived from any archive material must apply in writing for prior permission from the Archivist or other appropriate person(s) as indicated by the Archivist. A limited number of photocopies may be supplied at the discretion of the Archivist.

Custodial History

Collected from Mrs Sylvia Holloway in May 2004.

Related Material

The Archives also holds the papers of the Central Services Unit for University and Polytechnic Careers Services (CSU).