National Council for Technological Awards

Scope and Content

This collection includes: minutes and other records of governing body, boards of studies, College of Technologists and committees; records concerning individual institutions.

Note that this collection only includes administrative records of the NCTA. It does not contain any student records or copies of qualification certificates. Former students wishing to obtain these should contact Open University Validation Services (

Administrative / Biographical History

The National Council for Technological Awards was established by the Minister of Education in July 1955. The Council's Governing Body and Boards of Studies met for the first time in December 1955, though it was governed by a Declaration of Trust dated 22 November 1956. The Council had two Boards of Studies, in Engineering and in Technologies other than Engineering, to create and administer awards for students in technical colleges who completed courses in technology approved by the Governing Body (the Diploma in Technology). In May 1959 the Council established the College of Technologists, which granted Membership for research work. The Council handed its responsibilities on to the Council for National Academic Awards (CNAA) in 1964.

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 the Council for National Academic Awards 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 expected.

Related Material

Seventy files of the Council's reports, minutes and papers of the Council and its committees etc., 1955-65, are available at the National Archives (ref. DB 1).

The Modern Records Centre also holds the archives of the Council for National Academic Awards and the archives of the The National Council for Diplomas in Art and Design.