Papers of Alan Rogers (1933-), Special Professor in Adult Education at The University of Nottingham; 1973-1983

Scope and Content

The collection comprises:

Papers relating to General Synod Working Party, chaired by Professor Rogers, responsible for the Parochial Records and Registers Measure. The papers include submissions to the working party by a variety of institutions, working party reports, and correspondence, 1973-1979 (RS 1);

Papers relating to the Adult Education Committee of the Republic of Ireland. The papers include submissions to the commission, agenda papers, reports, circulars and printed surveys, 1981-1982 (RS 2);

Papers relating to the proposed merger of the New University of Ulster and Ulster Polytechnic including papers concerning the Chilvers committee and personal submissions from Professor Rogers and others. The papers contain newspaper cuttings, manuscript notes and drafts, printed reports, minutes, memoranda and correspondence, 1979-1983 (RS 3).

Administrative / Biographical History

Alan Rogers was born in 1933. He taught history in The University of Nottingham's Department of Adult Education for twenty years before moving to Northern Ireland in 1980 to become director of the Institute of Continuing Education at Magee University College, Londonderry. He was made redundant when the University of Ulster was established in 1984. While at Magee, Rogers served on the Northern Ireland Council for Continuing Education. He was appointed a Special Professor in The University of Nottingham's School of Continuing Education in 1998. He had retired by 2002. In 2014 he was a Research Fellow at the Centre for Commonwealth Education at the University of Cambridge. Professor Rogers was both a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and the society of Antiquaries.

The collection described below relates to three positions that he held in the 1970s and 1980s. Between 1974 and 1978, he was a chairman of a Church of England General Synod working party which drafted the Parochial Registers and Records Measure (London: HMSO, 1978). Between 1980 and 1984, Professor Rogers was a member of the Adult Education Commission of the Republic of Ireland. Finally, he was a Dean in the New University of Ulster from 1982 to 1984 at the time when it merged with Ulster Polytechnic to form the University of Ulster. Alan Rogers was also the founding secretary general of the Commonwealth Association for the Education and Training of Adults.

Professor Rogers wrote widely on the subject of adult education. In the 1990s he wrote Knowledge and the people: a case-study of the role of the university in adult education in a developing country in the 1970s (Reading: Alan Rogers, 1998) and edited Re-defining post-literacy in a changing world (London: Department for International Development, 1999) . He has also written on the history of the East Midlands, as in A History of Lincolnshire (Henley on Thames: Darwen Finlayson Ltd, 1970), and in The Making of Stamford (Leicester: Leicester University Press, 1965) which he edited.


The collection has been divided by subject type into three groups and within these groups, by document type, into series. Within these series, items have been arranged chronologically.

Access Information

Restricted pending full cataloguing. Series RS 1 is accessible to registered readers. Please contact the Department for advice on access to the remainder of the collection.

Other Finding Aids

This description is the only finding aid available for the collection. Copyright in the description belongs to The University of Nottingham.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements


Conditions Governing Use

Reprographic copies can be supplied for educational use and private study purposes only, depending on access status and the condition of the documents.

Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult. Permission to make any published use of any material from the collection must be sought in advance in writing from the Keeper of Manuscripts and Special Collections (email

Custodial History

The collection was acquired by The University of Nottingham's Department of Manuscripts and Special Collections in July 1999.


Alan Rogers, ed., 'Adult Education and Development in Great Britain and Ireland' (Londonderry: New University of Ulster, Institute of Continuing Education, 1984) Church of England. General Synod, Parochial Registers and Records Measure 1978 (London: HMSO, 1978)