UNESCO Education UIL

Commonwealth Education Documentation Centre (CEDC), United Kingdom

The UNESCO Chair of Political Economy and Education is responsible for the Commonwealth Education Documentation Centre, together with the Information Services of the University of Nottingham. Founded in 1998 and housed in the Djanogly Learning Resources Centre, on the University’s Jubilee Campus, the CEDC holds an extensive collection on all aspects of education with an emphasis on innovatory aspects worldwide. An important part of the collection comprises publications on adult learning, including adult basic education in developing countries. The collection has been designated by the Commonwealth Secretariat as a Commonwealth Education Documentation Centre. The donation of relevant material is welcome, as are opportunities for exchange. The collection is open to all bona fide researchers on application to the Education Librarian, University Information Services.

Areas of Specialization:

Adult education, Comparative education, Education, Intercultural education, Lifelong learning

User Profile:

University staff; educational researchers; students

Contact Information


Professor W. J. Morgan Ph.D, DSc (hc), FRAI, FRSA,
UNESCO Chair of Political Economy and Education
School of Education
Faculty of Social Sciences, Law and Education
University of Nottingham
Nottingham, NG8 1BB
United Kingdom

(+44–115) 951 3717 (direct line)
(+44–115) 951 4397
Contact person:
The Collections Team

Basic Institutional Data:

Founded in:
Parent Organisation:
University of Nottingham
Professor Dr.W. J. Morgan, Ph.D, DSc (hc), FRAI, FRSA
Countries Served:
Working Languages:


Multimedia materials:
Increasingly Internet-based
Annual growth of Collection:

Methods of Data Management

Cataloging Rules
Classification System
Library of Congress
Indexing Tool
Subject Headings / Library of Congress

Services and Special Activities

Information Services Provided

Library lending and reference services

Publications Produced

On aspects of comparative education policy

Special Activities

Faciliating access by electronic and hard copy methods, e.g. access to ERIC, BEI, BIDS via Athens, Internet service; access to Commonwealth education materials


Designated by the Commonwealth Secretariat Council for Education in the Commonwealth as Commonwealth Education Documentation Centre

Other material

Challenges and Obstacles in Carrying out the Work

Limited stafffing; limited financial resources

Strategies and Perspectives to Improve Services

External electronic access via Internet; increased funding for staff/resources

Role envisaged within the Network of Networks

Being an effective member among partners