University College Northampton

Scope and Content

The collection contains Senate and Governing Council meeting papers, annual reports and minutes of the Court, Strategic Plans and Financial Statements. There are prospectuses and course documents, the college Mission Statement and planning objectives, and a copy of the Application Document for the Granting of Research Degree Awarding Powers and University Title. Also included are programmes for an internal research conference and a graduation ceremony, and a photograph album showing building work on the library extension and alterations, dated 1999-2000.

Administrative / Biographical History

Nene College was renamed University College Northampton following the Dearing Report. Minutes of the Governing Council meeting held on 23 March 1999 note that "on 3 February 1999, Her Majesty's Privy Council gave consent for the former Nene College to take up the legal title of University College Northampton. The Clerk would submit proposals for appropriate amendments to the University College's Instruments and Articles of Government in due course".

At that time, the Senate replaced the Academic Board, the Governing Council replaced the Board of Governors, and the Director became the Rector. A new structure of Senate sub-committees came into effect in January 2003, these being the Planning and Resources Committee, the Academic Policy and Management Committee, the Research Committee, and the Academic Quality and Standards Committee.

The title University College Northampton is often shortened to UCN.

In 2003, the College applied for research degree awarding powers and the title of University. This application was successful and in 2005 the University of Northampton was formed.

Access Information

All items are accessible. Details about our opening times and how to arrange a visit can be found on the University of Northampton Archive web pages.

Acquisition Information

Material has been collected from a variety of sources. Some has come from individual departments such as Administration, Registry and Learning Resources while the origin of other records is not known.

Other Finding Aids

It is intended that content will be added to our Online catalogue.

Box List

Some images from our collections have been uploaded to Flickr

Conditions Governing Use

Normal copyright restrictions apply

Digital images of documents and other materials in our archive catalogue, where the copyright is owned by The University of Northampton, are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. A copy of the license can be viewed online or requested from Creative Commons, 171 Second Street, Suite 300, San Francisco, California, 94105, U.S.A.,

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Where copyright does not lie with the University it is your responsibility to approach the rights holder.


We do not expect that there will be major accruals to this collection but the University would welcome the chance to discuss any further potential donations of records relating to the University College Northampton.