UMIST Official Publications Collection

Scope and Content

The collection comprises the major official publications of Manchester College of Science and Technology and UMIST, including calendars, annual reports and accounts, staff and student guides, UGC reports and miscellaneous official publications. Collectively, these publications provide invaluable supporting information about the governance and organization of the University, its staff and students, and activities in teaching, learning, research, etc.

Administrative / Biographical History

The University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST) was established in 1965 in succession to the Manchester College of Science and Technology (MCST). MCST had been set up in 1956 as a chartered body to conduct higher education courses and science and technology, following the withdrawal of Manchester City Council from the running of the Manchester Municipal College of Technology. UMIST and its predecessors had formed the Faculty of Technology of the Victoria University of Manchester since 1905, and the University remained ultimately responsible for many aspects of academic policy until 1994 when the Faculty was abolished after UMIST was granted a new charter, and became essentially independent from the University of Manchester. In 2004, UMIST and the Victoria University of Manchester merged to form The university of Manchester.


The official publications are arranged into the following series:

  • TOP/1 Calendars
  • TOP/2 Annual Reports
  • TOP/3 Financial Statements
  • TOP/4 Information about UMIST
  • TOP/5 Staff Guides
  • TOP/6 Miscellaneous Publications
  • TOP/7 UGC reports
  • TOP/8 Lectures for Schools
  • TOP/9 Student Guides
  • TOP/10 Information Services Guides
  • TOP/11 Library Guides
  • TOP/12 Telephone Directories
  • TOP/13 RAE reports
  • TOP/14 Publications relating to UMIST buildings
  • TOP/15 Halls of residence
  • TOP/16 Prizes
  • TOP/17 Financial Regulations

Arranged chronologically.

Access Information

The collection is open to any accredited reader.

Acquisition Information

Transferred from former UMIST administrative offices to the University of Manchester Archives from 2005.

Conditions Governing Use

This collection is owned by the University of Manchester.

Photocopies, scans and photographic copies can be supplied for private study and research 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.


Accruals possible.

Related Material

There is a corresponding collection of official publications for the University of Manchester (UOP); some items in that collection (calendars, reports of Council, registers of graduates) will provide information on UMIST in its guide as the faculty of technology.

See also the UMIST Governing Bodies Archive (TGB). UMIST newspapers and magazines are held in a separate collection (TMP).

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