UMIST Department of Electrical Engineering and Electronics Archive

Scope and Content

Extant archive of the UMIST Department ofElectrical Engineering and Electronics. The records comprise Departmental Board minutes, 1913-2004, and staff-student committee minutes, 1994-2001.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Department of Electrical Engineering and Electronics was one of the largest and most significant academic departments of the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology.

The department was originally known as the Department of Electrical Engineering [Electronics was added to the title in 1965], and was one of the few to be headed by a University-level professor, when the University of Manchester established its Faculty of Technology in 1905. The faculty was located at the Manchester Municipal School of Technology, which was owned by the City Council. The Council was responsible for all non-University courses at the School. The School became the Manchester College of Science and Technology, and UMIST in 1965.

In 2004 the Department became the School of Electrical Engineering and Electronics, part of the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, within the new University of Manchester.

  • A Schwartz 1905-1912
  • Miles Walker 1912-1932
  • J Hollingworth 1932-1952
  • Eric Bradshaw 1952-1961
  • Colin Adamson 1961-1970
  • L M Wedepohl 1970-1974
  • E H Rhoderick 1974-1977
  • H C A Hankins 1977-1980
  • C B Cooper 1980-1983
  • E . B Powner 1983-1985
  • B J Chalmers 1986-1990, 1997-1999
  • K E Singer 1990-1993
  • L E Davis 1993-1996
  • D J Allan 1996-1997
  • Hugh McCann 1999-2002
  • Steve Williamson 2002-2004

At various times, the Department had a formal head of department, but on some occasions the senior staff members was the Departmental chairman.


Chronological within series.

Access Information

Access conditions apply to the use of this collection.

The collection includes material which is subject to the Data Protection Act 1998. Under Section 33 of the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA), The John Rylands University Library (JRUL) holds the right to process personal data for research purposes. The Data Protection (Processing of Sensitive Personal Data) Order 2000 enables the JRUL to process sensitive personal data for research purposes. In accordance with the DPA, the JRUL has made every attempt to ensure that all personal and sensitive personal data has been processed fairly, lawfully and accurately. Users of the archive are expected to comply with the Data Protection Act 1998, and will be required to sign a form acknowledging that they will abide by the requirements of the Act in any further processing of the material by themselves.

Open parts of this collection, and the catalogue descriptions, may contain personal data about living individuals. Some items in this collection may be closed to public inspection in line with the requirements of the DPA. Restrictions/closures of specific items will be indicated in the catalogue.

Acquisition Information

Transferred by the School ofElectrical Engineering and Electronics in 2006.

Conditions Governing Use

Photocopies and photographic copies of material in the archive can be supplied for private study purposes only, depending on the condition of the documents.

A number of items within the archive remain within copyright under the terms of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988; it is the responsibility of users to obtain the copyright holder's permission for reproduction of copyright material for purposes other than research or private study.

Prior written permission must be obtained from the Library for publication or reproduction of any material within the archive. Please contact the Head of Special Collections, John Rylands Library, 150 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 3EH.


Further accruals likely.

Related Material

The UMIST official publications collections include UMIST annual reports, which include departmental reports (TOP). The UMIST governing bodies archive (TGB) and the Faculty of Technology archive (FTE) will have related material.

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