Union fears for freedom as governance talks halt

Scotland“Fears that academic freedom may be under threat at Scottish universities prompted an emergency motion at last week’s University and College Union Scotland Congress. The motion was passed unanimously after the breakdown of talks between the UCU and some of the country’s oldest universities over a new model of governance. It followed a letter from UCU Scotland to Fiona Hyslop, the Scottish Education Secretary, that calls on the Government to intervene and resurrect the talks. Union members feared that attempts to agree a new statute, setting out sector-wide standards in employment, redundancy, dismissal and grievance procedures, would now fail. And they warn in the letter that academic freedom may be threatened as university managers set increasingly rigid standards of performance required by academics …” (more)

[Hannah Fearn, Times Higher Education, 26 March]

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