Tuesday, 12 May 2009

Ask the Vice-Chancellor!

The University Vice-Chancellor, Dr. David Grant, has been sending a bland stock reply to most enquiries about the proposal to axe all Humanities and Welsh teaching. It’s time to press him for some answers.

***Does the V-C intend to consult LEARN students about the proposal? When?
***What will the V-C do to make sure that students currently enrolled on the Diploma, or working towards our certificates, aren’t abandoned? Doesn’t the University have a responsibility towards them?
***Wouldn’t the V-C be prepared to consider less drastic options to secure the future of the Centre?
***Doesn’t he believe that Humanities subjects give an excellent grounding in transferable skills useful in today’s job market?
***Does he intend to move our Welsh courses to the Welsh Department? We have courses in Welsh literature, writing, and translation that complement the Welsh Department’s provision and allow Welsh speakers to use their language skills.
***Is it really fair to sack our hourly-paid part-time tutors at the very moment when they become entitled to equal pay? What does this say about the University’s commitment to Equality? And isn’t this the same V-C who awarded himself a 12% pay rise last year?
***125 years ago, this great university was founded, in part, by collections among Welsh miners and the people of south Wales. Now is the time to return that support.


  1. Is there not a legally binding contract between the University and those students registered on a certificate/diploma course? Surely the University must provide opportunities for these students to complete. And I don't mean crash courses at inconvenient times of year either, but genuine courses of similar standing to ones already takn.

  2. Good point, Dafydd. We asked Richard Evans, the Dean of LL, about this.
    There is a legal obligation to provide courses for the Diploma students - but no specific arrangements have been made so far.
    But the Centre can ignore the certificate students. So long as there are enough courses for students to obtain a certificate of some sort, the legal requirement is satisfied, apparently.
    You might be working towards a certificate in philosophy or theology. But you might end up having to do languages or computer courses in order to get a generic certificate instead.
    We don't think that this is fair on our students.