Thursday, 17 December 2009

Times Higher Education writes: In the name of Hefce, go



17th of December

Rebecca Attwood

Chief executive issued ultimatum to London Met governors before mass resignations: leave or risk the institution’s funding. Rebecca Attwood reports

Governors at London Metropolitan University were handed an ultimatum by funding chiefs who threatened to stop financing the institution if they did not resign, Times Higher Education has learnt.

In a joint statement released today, the university and the Higher Education Funding Council for England say that all board members who were in place in the period up to 31 August 2008 are to step down by 31 August 2010.

The action follows a letter from Sir Alan Langlands, Hefce’s chief executive, to Peter Anwyl, chair of the governors, on 14 December. It warns that Sir Alan would “press for urgent action” and review whether the university should continue to receive public funding if he was not assured that the board was responding “promptly and appropriately” to a series of reports detailing poor governance and management at London Met.

The letter, seen by Times Higher Education, calls for all board members who were part of the audit committee during the period to stand down “immediately”.

Yesterday, London Met’s University and College Union branch issued a statement to its members saying that at a governors’ meeting on 15 December, Mr Anwyl had resigned with effect from the end of March 2010, and that other governors associated with the audit committee would follow suit.

This is confirmed by today’s statement, which says the audit committee will be “renewed” by 1 April 2010.

The university has been embroiled in a row with the funding council after it emerged it had massively overclaimed public funding as a result of inaccurately reported student dropout rates.

Brian Roper, who was in charge when the flawed data returns were made, resigned as vice-chancellor in March, and the university is now being forced to hand back tens of millions of pounds, leaving hundreds of jobs at risk.

“The scale of the governance, management and operational failures at London Met is unprecedented in higher education in this country in recent years and urgent action needs to be taken,” Sir Alan’s letter says.

Sir Alan adds that he is “disappointed” that the board refused to consider the critical reports into the affair produced by Sir David Melville and Deloitte until 15 December.

He then warns that unless action is taken, he would “ultimately consider whether or not the university should continue to receive Hefce grant funding”.

Sir Alan stresses that Hefce’s main concerns are “the wellbeing of the students and the motivation of the staff”, and says that it is willing to consider a “realistic” bid for money from its Strategic Development Fund, although it has yet to receive such a proposal.

The letter also describes an issue excluded from the joint statement due to its “sensitivity”: “With regard to the senior managers criticised in the reports, I have already recommended that the board should take advice on whether or not the former vice-chancellor failed in his fiduciary duties and what prospect there is of recovering money for the public purse.”

Sally Hunt, UCU general secretary, called for the governors’ departure to be sped up.

“Those responsible must go immediately as their continued presence on the board does nothing to lend any credibility to the institution,” she said.

“We need one quick blow from a guillotine, not numerous hacks from a blunt axe.”

41 comments:

  1. 先將一個人的生活過好,才有能力過好兩個人的生活..............................

    ReplyDelete
  2. Blogs are so informative where we get lots of information on any topic. Nice job keep it up!!
    _____________________________

    Law Dissertation

    ReplyDelete
  3. Nice Post~!!!. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    ReplyDelete
  4. 原來這世上能跟你共同領略一個笑話的人竟如此難得........................................

    ReplyDelete
  5. 在莫非定律中有項笨蛋定律:「一個組織中的笨蛋,恆大於等於三分之二。」....................................................................

    ReplyDelete
  6. 一定要保持最佳狀況呦,加油!!!期待你發表的新文章!.................................................................

    ReplyDelete
  7. 一個人的際遇在第一次總是最深刻的,有時候甚至會讓人的心變成永遠的絕緣。............................................................

    ReplyDelete
  8. 拒絕冒險和成長的人,終將被生命的潮流陶汰。..................................................

    ReplyDelete
  9. This kind of information is very limited on internet. Nice to find the post related to my searching criteria. Your updated and informative post will be appreciated by blog loving people.

    Dissertation proposal

    ReplyDelete
  10. 這個時代,不缺乏感傷,但缺乏反思~~希望能多看到值得思考的文章!............................................................

    ReplyDelete
  11. 世間事沒有一樣沒有困難,只要有信心去做,至少可以做出一些成績。..................................................

    ReplyDelete
  12. 我只知道,假如我去愛人生,那人生一定也會回愛我................................................

    ReplyDelete
  13. 大肚能容,了卻人間多少事,滿腔歡喜,笑開天下古今愁。..................................................

    ReplyDelete
  14. Times Higher Education writes: In the name of Hefce, go <--
    that's what i was looking for
    Proposal Dissertation

    ReplyDelete