The Higher Education Archive Programme

The Higher Education Archive Programme #HEAP is part of The National Archives’ continuing programme of engagement and sector support with particular archival constituencies. Research underpins the programme (including a series of research papers), building on a foundation of engagement and mapping work. It is a mixture of strategic and practical work encompassing activity across The National Archives and the wider sector including guidance and training, pilot projects and advocacy.

One strand of the programme involves facilitating the popular network meetings following feedback from the successful roundtable meeting held at The National Archives in 2014. The regular network meetings are open to all those working in university archives, libraries and special collections and cover a wide range of topics from Archive Service Accreditation to embedding archives in Higher Education teaching and wider research on Higher Education Collecting Drivers. Further events are planned on open source software; Research Data Management and internal advocacy.

Collecting Drivers for Higher Education Institutions with Archives and Unique and Distinctive Collections examines the collecting drivers for archival collections within a cross-section of diverse Higher Education Instistutions with unique and distinctive collections; looking at the degree to which these drivers align with institutional missions, and contemporary research and learning environments.

The report was jointly funded by Research Libraries UK and The National Archives as part of the commitment to work together on matters of shared interest to the archive and research library sectors, to improve understanding, share good practice and to help institutions develop, and produced by Caroline Williams, Independent Archival Consultant.

Collecting drivers for higher education institutions with archives and unique and distinctive collections (PDF, 0.77MB)

September 2015 Network Meeting Notes (DOC, 0.03MB)

Archive Accreditation at Bradford Presentation (PPT, 1.33MB)

Action Plan Presentation  (PPT, 1.39MB)

The action plan

The action plan for the programme has been designed in consultation with a steering group involving participants from across the HE sector. The steering group will help us to further shape our offer for higher education archives, and ensure we achieve some tangible results. The programme was developed through a co-design process with higher education archivists, where we jointly identified key risks and opportunities and actions in response. The programme draws on the successful methodology of our development programme for local authority archives – but re-purposed to suit archives within a higher education setting.

Following a review of the first 2 year action plan, a further programme of work is being planned which includes research on citation capture and a pilot project around demonstrating impact. We are working to ensure that the plans reflect the diversity of the Higher Education sector and meet multiple needs. The plan also needs to be realistic in terms of resources and align with work across The National Archives where appropriate.

Action Plan (PDF, 0.34MB)

Steering group members

Chris Webb – Borthwick Institute, University of York

Anne Barrett – Imperial College, London

Sarah Jane – University of Falmouth and Exeter University

Geoff Browell – Kings College, London

Sarah Mahurter – University of the Arts

James Peters – University of Manchester

Tracy Deakin – St Johns College, Cambridge

Alison Cullingford – University of Bradford

Mark Dorrington – University of Nottingham

Christine Wise – Representing RLUK (Research Libraries UK)

Isobel Hunter – The National Archives

Tina Morton – The National Archives

Matt Greenhall – The National Archives