And for those of you who have a connection with the course and with Writtle, please leave a comment...If you're an artist or writer &c any sort also please identify yourself... :)I'm pasting below my sig the motion passed today nem con in our UCU branch meeting..Please also tweet, FB, e mail...thanks!MichaelSign the Petition
| | | | | | | | | | | Sign the Petition tessmat...@gmail.com: Defend Education at Writtle university College! No to course cuts, no to redundancies! | | | | This branchfeels a sense of déjà vu. This branchnotes that whilst members, otherteachers and support staff were conscientiously doing their usual best theentire senior management team failed.Failed to see any problem coming, failed to open up any sort of discussionand failed to show any concern forstaff as evidenced by the inept and cold-blooded way in which a package ofcourse cuts and job losses was presented as a fait accompli, the day before theEaster holiday weekend. This branch notes the Vice Chancellor’shighly insulting comment “We have not driven the businessto achieve excellence – our portfolio, in HE especially, is too broad for us tobe outstanding in all fields of study” (‘Strategic Change Agenda’ p3bullet point three) This branchnotes that the VC and presumably theSMT believes that Writtle University College is a ‘business’ (ibid.) rather than an educationalinstitution. This branchnotes the hugely successful campaignwaged by our colleagues in the pre 1992 universities to defend their pensionrights and also the recent no-confidence vote by Open University UCU members intheir vice chancellor when faced with a similar package of cuts, a similarrationale and similarly insulting language. This branchbelieves in education. This branchbelieves that the entire SLT atWrittle has failed, we have no confidence in it and therefore resolve to call upon all its members toresign forthwith and for the governors to replace it with a team which believesthat the 100 year plus educational legacy of Writtle deserves celebrating and defending,rather than yet another round of cuts. This branchfurther resolves to call upon thegovernors to withdraw the cuts and closure proposal by the end of this week. Ifthe package is not withdrawn then a dispute will exist between the UCU and WUCand we will seek permission to ballot for industrial action. This branchresolves to inform students of whatis happening, both directly and through the NUS and to seek their activesupport for a public campaign against the cuts package including, but notlimited to, social media and a Change.org petition. In additionwe resolve to seek common ground infighting the cuts with our colleagues in other WUC unions and other UCUbranches. Passed nem.con.
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