Records of St Andrew's College of Education, higher education institution, Glasgow, Scotland

Scope and Content

  • Management committees and boards 1895-1979;
  • Academic course documentation 1973-1999;
  • Prospectuses and timetables 1911-1999;
  • Records of students and student activities 1902-1998;
  • Documentation of events 1910-2000;
  • College reports 1924-2000;
  • Records of external bodies and institutions 1892-1998;
  • Financial records 1912-1982;
  • Photographs, film and audio tape 1896-1997;
  • Photocopies of items removed by the Sisters of Notre Dame 1893-1916.

Administrative / Biographical History

St Andrew's College of Education was formed in  1981  with the merger of  Notre Dame College of Education Glasgow, Scotland, and Craiglockhart College of Education, Edinburgh, Scotland. Notre Dame Training College was opened in  1895  in response to the demands for trained Catholic teachers in Glasgow from both the Scottish Education Department and the Catholic authorities in Scotland. Before then, provision of trained Catholic teachers came from St. Mary's College for men in Hammersmith and Wandsworth, London, England, and Mount Pleasant College in Liverpool, England, for women. Notre Dame College of Education was managed by the Sisters of Notre Dame, an Order for whom the commitment to train teachers was included in the Vows of Congregation. Charles Petre Eyre, Archbishop of Glasgow, approached the Sisters of Notre Dame and with approval of the Superior at Namur, Belgium, the Sisters undertook the foundation of a training college for women in Dowanhill, Glasgow. In January 1895 the College opened with 21 female students.

A second Catholic training college for women was founded in Edinburgh by the Society of the Sacred Heart, and Craiglockhart College officially opened on 20 October 1920. In 1920, a fully integrated national system of teacher training was created and control of training colleges passed into the hands of the National Committee for the Training of Teachers. Provisional Committees were linked to the four ancient universities in Scotland and each Catholic college was governed by a Committee of Management consisting of ten members; five elected by the Catholic Education Council, three by the Provincial Committee and two by the National Committee. In 1959, the National Committee for the Training of Teachers was replaced by the  Scottish Council for the Training of Teachers and the Training Colleges were renamed Colleges of Education. Their responsibilities were extended to provide shortened and in-service courses. The Colleges were run by a Board of Governors comprised of representatives of the local Education Authority, the University and the Church. In addition, a Board of Studies was to be set up from within the College's own staff, (which changed name to the Academic Board in 1987) and a Student Representative Council to be elected from the student body.

In  1967  , male students were admitted to Notre Dame College and the first in-service courses were offered. Due to serious problems of overcrowding at Dowanhill, expansion plans were considered. The site of the former St Peter's College at Bearsden was acquired and the new building was formally opened on 05 June 1968, and used concurrently with the Dowanhill site. The new Bachelor of Education Degree was approved by the Council for National Academic Awards (CNAA) in 1971 for secondary teaching and in 1979 for primary teaching. In the same year the Dowanhill building was finally vacated and the entire college was situated at the Bearsden site. With the decline of student numbers after the mid-1970s, Notre Dame College of Education and Craiglockhart College of Education merged in 1981 to form St Andrew's College of Education, a National Catholic College with a lay Principal as Executive Head. In  1991  , St Andrew's became an associate college of the  University of Glasgow , with degrees being conferred by the University. In  1999  , St Andrew's College of Education merged with the University to form the new Faculty of Education.


The arrangement of this material reflects the original order in which it was received

Access Information


Audio tapes UGC 058/9/8/1-6 & /8-9 currently undergoing digitisation as part of the NLS project, Unlocking Our Sound Heritage, Aug 2019.

Acquisition Information

Transferred: Faculty of Education: 2001

Other Finding Aids

Digital file level list available in searchroom

Alternative Form Available

No known copies

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

None which affect the use of this material

Conditions Governing Use

Applications for permission to quote should be sent to the Archivist.

Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use and condition of documents.

Appraisal Information

This material has been appraised in line with standard GB 0248 procedures

Custodial History

Held at St Andrew's College of Education, Bearsden, Craiglockhart College of Education and Notre Dame College of Education, Glasgow


None expected

Related Material

Records of the Notre Dame Order are held at the Provincial Office in Liverpool

Location of Originals

This material is original


Fitzpatrick, T ANo Mean Service, Scottish Catholic Teacher Education, 1895-1995 . Glasgow (Scotland) : , 1955  .

Additional Information

Description compiled in line with the following international standards: International Council on Archives,ISAD(G) Second Edition, September 1999 and National Council on Archives,Rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate names


Fonds level description created by Andrew Thomson, Hub Project Archivist, 24 November 2004

Geographical Names