The annotated Leader Column (and a few days in Rudding Park)
Last week, your union released an annotated copy of the VC’s ‘economies exercise’ statement (click here to download the word file). In the same vein, today we are publishing an online annotated copy of Michael Arthur’s leader column. The UCU believe that the vocabulary around the economies exercise needs to be properly scrutinised, and the arguments around the reasons behind and the proposed nature of the exercise need to be challenged. During this dispute, we will continue to offer annotated versions of documents that we believe merit this level of scrutiny.
See the annotated leader column here.
Meanwhile, this week members of VCEG (The Vice-Chancellor’s Executive Group) have taken themselves off to Rudding Park for a peaceful few days to discuss the economies exercise away from the hoi polloi on campus, where of course they have perfectly good state of the art meeting facilities in the up to date and well equipped Ziff building. Perhaps they were not aware that everyone has been asked to make 10% savings. It’s nice to know that some members of the university can afford these little luxuries while the rest of us worry about whether we’ll have a job or not after Christmas. Why not add a comment – click ‘comment’ above or fill in the box at the bottom of the posting’s page?
A university spokesperson has been approached for a comment on this Rudding Park retreat, and any response will be posted here (though we’re still waiting for a response to this one).