College of advanced technology (United Kingdom)

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A college of advanced technology (CAT) was a type of higher education institution established in 1956 in England and Wales following the publication of a government white paper on technical education which listed 24 technical colleges in receipt of 75% grant for parts of their advanced work.

The government confirmed that the proportion of advanced work at these colleges should be increased so that they could develop as quickly as possible into colleges of advanced technology. Eventually ten of the 24 were confirmed as CATs. Birmingham College of Advanced Technology was the first to be so designated, in 1956.[1]

Originally under the control of local education authorities, on 1 April 1962 the CATs were removed from local authority control and became autonomous national institutions funded directly by the Ministry of Education.[2] Following the Robbins Report of 1963, the colleges of advanced technology were expanded and awarded university status in 1966, sometimes grouped together with other 1960s "plate glass universities".

The colleges[edit]

The ten CATs and the universities they became were:

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  1. ^ a b "History and traditions". Retrieved 30 March 2015.
  2. ^ Centenary history of the Welsh College of Advanced Technology, 1966
  3. ^ Taken from a degree certificate from this institution headed "The Bath University of Technology" dated 1967