Mooted change to discipline rules stirs Cambridge debate

“Anachronistic or a vital shield from the evils of modern management, the University of Cambridge’s archaic disciplinary procedures are splitting opinion at the 800-year-old institution. The debate is being fuelled by plans to replace the procedures with a more contemporary system that would see academic and non-academic staff treated equally. The procedures, which also cover grievances and dismissals, are enshrined in Cambridge’s statutes. They can be changed only by the governing body of dons, known as the Regent House, and the Privy Council. Now, a White Paper from the university council and general board suggests replacing them with a shorter statute and a new code of practice and regulations. These would be placed in the university ordinances, which can be changed without Privy Council approval, and supplemented by codes of practice from the council …” (more)

[Melanie Newman, Times Higher Education, 26 February]

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