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Trades Union Congress (TUC) Library Collections and University Archives at London Metropolitan University

University/Polytechnic of North London


Reference code(s): GB 1924 PNL/UNL

Held at: Trades Union Congress (TUC) Library Collections and University Archives at London Metropolitan University

Title: University/Polytechnic of North London

Date(s): 1971-2002

Level of description: Collection (Fonds)

Extent: c5 linear metres

Name of creator(s): University of North London
Polytechnic of North London


Administrative/Biographical history:

The Polytechnic of North London was the result of a merger of the Northern and North Western Polytechnics in 1971. Its degrees were awarded by the Council for National Academic Awards (CNAA). In 1992, the Polytechnic gained University status (by the Further and Higher Education Act of the same year) and with that the power to award its own degrees and diplomas. In 2002, the University of North London merged with London Guildhall University to form the institution as it is known today, London Metropolitan University.


Scope and content/abstract:

Administrative records of the Polytechnic of North London (PNL), 1971-1992 and the University of North London (UNL), 1992-2002, comprising: minutes of Board of Governors and other principal committees, 1971-2002; records of Officers and Departments of the University including Secretary and Clerk to the Board of Governors; Academic Registry; Estates Management; Finance; Human Resources, and Marketing and Communications Office; copies of PNL/UNL publications including Handbooks, 1973-1995 and Fuse [Student Union Magazine], 1985-1995; correspondence, papers and press cuttings on protest campaign against National Front activist Patrick Harrington, a student at PNL, 1984-1985.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

Conditions governing access:

All enquiries should be made by email to

Conditions governing reproduction:

Details available upon request

Physical characteristics:

Finding aids:


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information:

The surviving archives of all precursor institutions of London Metropolitan University are currently being appraised in detail following their relocation to a central facility at 25 Old Castle Street, London, E1 7NT


Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Generated and retained in situ by PNL/UNL.


Existence and location of originals:

Existence and location of copies:

Related material:

The Archives and Special Collections of London Metropolitan University also holds the records of predecessor bodies, the Northern Polytechnic (1896-1971) and the North Western Polytechnic (1896-1971).

Publication note:



Archivist's note: Compiled by Alan Kucia as part of the RSLP AIM25 Project. Subsequent amendments made by the Archives Project Team in November 2016.

Rules or conventions: Initially compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: Mar 2002 and Nov 2016

Governing bodies | Educational supervision
Technological institutes | Universities | Higher education institutions | Educational institutions
Educational administration

Personal names
Harrington | Patrick | fl 1984-2002 | National Front activist

Corporate names
Polytechnic of North London
University of North London

London | England | UK | Western Europe | Europe