Papers of Margherita Rendel

Scope and Content

Papers relating to two research projects:

1. Graduate Administration in Local Education Authorities, 1965-1968

The papers include: material relating to project administration; correspondence and memoranda; interim and final reports; sample questionnaires; information about the survey program used to analyse the data; coding lists; sample punch cards. Also included is a file of correspondence and papers relating to The Committee on the Management and Staffing of Local Government (the Mallaby Committee), 1965.

2. Survey for UNESCO of Courses and Research in Political Science, Law and Related Disciplines Concerned with the Role and Status of Women, 1979-1982

The papers mainly consist of a series of individual folders for over seventy different countries or regions containing published and unpublished material relating to women's studies and the women's movement in each area; correspondence with local contacts in educational institutions and women's organisations; some answers to a questionnaire; and research summaries. Also included are some general publications and memoranda relating to UNESCO; card indexes of local contacts; and drafts of the final report.

Also included are a small number of papers relating to the Institute of Education Department of Educational Administration in the 1970s, especially relating to a course run jointly with the London Business School on 'Management in the Education Service'; and circular letters of the Education in Human Rights Network, 1988. There is also a file relating to the Confederation for the Advancement of State Education, 1960s and a small amount of material concerning a study of educational administration in Derbyshire, 1967.

Administrative / Biographical History

Margherita Rendel (b.1928) studied history and law at the University of Cambridge and held posts in central and local government, including in Hertfordshire County Council and the Ministry of Labour and National Service, before combining teaching in further and adult education with research for a PhD thesis on The Administrative Functions of the French Conseil d'État, at the London School of Economics, which she completed in 1967. She was a lecturer in comparative government at the University of Exeter, 1960-1961 and in Sep 1964 was appointed as Lecturer in Educational Administration at the University of London Institute of Education. In Mar 1973 she was seconded to the Higher Education Department of the Institute and in 1975 became Research Lecturer in Human Rights and Education. In 1976 she qualified as a barrister. Her research interests focused around discrimination against women, especially in higher education, and the examination of this within a human rights framework and she has published widely on these subjects. She was involved in many initiatives in these areas, presented evidence to parliamentary committees, served on various committees and was actively involved in wide range of national and international organisations including the Fabian Society and Labour Party, the Parliamentary All-Party Equal Rights Group, the Status of Women Committee, the Women's Group on Public Welfare, the Fawcett Society, the National Joint Committee of Working Women's Organisations, the Association of Tutors in Adult Education, the British Institute of Human Rights, the British Sociological Association, the International Political Science Association and the Royal Institute of Public Administration. After her retirement from the Institute she retained the title Reader Emerita in Human Rights and Education and has continued her research and writing.

1. Graduate Administration in Local Education Authorities, 1965-1968

A survey financed jointly by the Department of Educational Administration of the University of London Institute of Education and by the University of London Appointments Board with the support and cooperation of the Association of Education Officers. It was an analytical survey of all graduates serving as administrative officers or as general inspectors in local education authorities in England and Wales, 1965. It examined the educational background and qualifications, teaching, other employment experience and subsequent career histories of the c. 2,000 graduates who held such appointments. Material was collected by postal questionnaire and the results were processed on punch cards and analysed by sorter and computer. The final report was published as Margherita Rendel, Graduate Administrators in LEAs (University of London, 1968).

2. Survey for UNESCO of Courses and Research in Political Science, Law and Related Disciplines Concerned with the Role and Status of Women, 1979-1982

This study was commissioned by UNESCO as part of its programme of women's studies. It focused on how women's studies have developed in different institutional and political environments around the world. A preliminary report was submitted to the World Conference on the United Nations Decade for Women, Copenhagen, Jul 1980 and the final report was submitted to UNESCO in 1982 as The Study of Women and Women's Studies. See also, Margherita Rendel, 'Teaching and research related to women: a world-wide panorama', Cultures Vol III (3), p. 102-120 (Paris: UNESCO, 1982).

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Transferred from storage space in the Institute of Education in 1999, 2000 and 2001.

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