1. That the Vice-Chancellor of this university publicly affirms a commitment to the protection and promotion of the public university. We suggest he starts by affiliating himself with the Campaign for the Public University or Council for the Defence of British Universities.
2. That the Vice-Chancellor relinquishes his unjustifiable pay increase, with the funds to be channeled into widening access. We suggest that a bursary is established for students from the local community.
3. That the university safeguards its staff, both academic and non-academic, against the government’s radical restructuring of higher education. This would include protection from staff losing their jobs, any further pay freezes or cuts, casual contracts, and outsourcing of contracts.
4. That the university must oppose the current lobbying by Russell Group representatives to abolish the tuition fee cap and reduce bursary commitments.
5. That the governance of the university should include greater and more diverse staff and student representation. To ensure this, a review that includes significant staff and student input should be initiated, so that existing asymmetries within the university’s governance may be rectified.
6.That the university resists the hollowing out of the public university through outsourcing to private companies, and remains the employer of all university staff. As a first step, university managers formerly employed by outsourcing giants, such as Serco, should have no involvement in decisions where there is potential for bias.
7. That the university recognises the legitimacy of our decision to hold this meeting in our university’s council chamber, and therefore no disciplinary or legal repercussions will ensue.
8.That the restricted access to the council chamber be lifted so that members of staff and students can be part of this dialogue.
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