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Bernard Holloway archive: Context

Guide to the archive of Bernard Holloway on careers guidance.


Bernard Holloway (1918-1995) was educated at Christ's Hospital, Horsham, and Magalen College, Oxford, where he graduated in 1941 with BA Hons. in chemistry. In 1941 he started work as a research chemist at Glaxo Laboratories Ltd before joining the Fleet Air Arm on flying duties in 1944. By the end of the war he was working as a sub-lieutenant career advisor giving advice to naval personnel who were returning after the War. In 1946 he trained as a teacher and taught science at Blundell's School, Tiverton, Devon, before moving on to the Personnel Department of British Nylon Spinner Ltd in 1951.

In 1960 he became the Secretary of the Careers and Appointment Service at the University of Manchester. At Manchester he visited universities in Europe, South Africa, USA, Canada, Israel, and Australia to observe their facilities for careers guidance; was responsible for the development of 'Manchester Clearing House' vacancy lists before they were taken over by the Central Services Unit for University and Polytechnic Careers Services (CSU); and was a driving force in the creation of the Register of Graduate and Employment and Training (ROGET), which later developed into PROSPECTS. He also contributed to the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services.

Holloway also wrote extensively on careers counselling and the careers prospects of graduates at a period when the numbers of students attending universities was increasing and the graduate employment market was becoming more competitive.

In 1984 he retired to South Wales, but continued to work in the area of graduate careers until 1988 when ill health prevented him from doing so. From 1985-1986, he collected information on business for a Business Graduate Survey at Manchester Business School and from 1986-1989 he worked for the South West Region of the IndEX scheme, which offered pre-university placements for school leavers in industry and commerce.

The Collection

The collection comprises papers relating to Bernard Holloway's work in careers guidance and counselling. It includes material relating to his work as Secretary of the Manchester University Careers and Appointments Service, and later projects including IndEX, a pre-university industrial training scheme, and a Business Graduate Survey undertaken in 1985-1986. Other papers include: correspondence; personal papers; and published and unpublished writings on graduate careers and careers counselling.