Committee of Directors of Polytechnics (CDP)

Scope and Content

This collection includes: minutes, agenda and papers; subject files; course handbooks.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Committee of Directors of Polytechnics was established 30 April 1970, when 20 of the proposed 30 polytechnics had been designated. The object of the Committee was to provide a forum for the discussion of matters of common interest and to contribute to the evolution of policy for the future development of polytechnics within the total provision for higher education in England and Wales. The CDP had its own secretariat from October 1972, situated at St Katherine's House, London. The CDP came to an end in 1993, with the end of the binary division between universities and polytechnics. Its role was taken over by the Committee of Vice-Chancellors and Principals.

Access Information

This collection is available to researchers by appointment at the Modern Records Centre, University of Warwick. See

Acquisition Information

This collection was deposited in the Centre by Committee of Vice-Chancellors and Principals in 1993.

Other Finding Aids

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions on the use of this archive, apart from the requirements of copyright law.

Appraisal Information

This collection has been weeded for duplicates.


Further deposits are not expected.

Related Material

The Modern Records Centre also holds papers of the Committee of Vice-Chancellors and Principals