Vice-Chancellor Raftery’s bizarre veiled threat to Union Officer

Union officers at London Metropolitan University have become used to receiving tetchy responses from Vice-Chancellor Raftery, but perhaps he should have sought some advice from his PR Officer, Luke Foddy, before making his latest response to a UCU request. UCU’s Environment Officer, Richard Payne, wrote to Raftery to remind him about an earlier email seeking…

The CASS is a community asset

Support the nomination for Central House as a Community Asset (London Borough Tower Hamlets). Join the Community Group at: https://savethecassataldgateblog.wordpress.com/ Petition the LMU Board of Governors: Change your current strategic plan ‘One Campus, One Community’, and pursue a two-site solution. Please sign the petition below https://www.change.org/p/save-the-cass-at-aldgate-join-the-community-group-petition-the-lmu-board-of-governors-to-change-the-one-campus-one-community-plan-and-pursue-a-two-site-solution

One site does not fit all

We wish to register our dismay at vice-chancellor John Raftery’s asset-stripping, course-closing, job-cutting plan for London Metropolitan University, which has been spun as a “one campus, one community” investment programme (“London Met to focus teaching on single campus”, 12 October). Despite Raftery’s claim of support from the students’ union, the union representative in the Sir John…

DISCUSSION DOCUMENT from Cass Faculty Forum October 26th 2015

Please find below an important public discussion document from academic staff in Cass, arising from their recent Faculty Academic Staff Forum. This is an important statement that fits well with the overall position adopted by London Met UCU, and we trust that both the university Board of Governors, and our Academic Board, will pay serious…

May Day Competition

‘VC-speak’ (No reference to any specific VC) A guide for the perplexed: “I have to be honest with you”…………………………..”I’m not being honest with you” “I really mean it”………………………………………………”I don’t mean this” “There is no alternative”……………………………………”There are alternatives’’ “I chose to come to this university”………………………”They offered me a shitload of money” “I hear what you are…

White Paper – Some initial comments

Dear colleagues, Late yesterday, within minutes of our perfectly reasonable request for an extension to the statuary minimum 45 day Section 188 redundancy consultation period being rejected by management, the VC published his long delayed ‘White Paper’. As you will see, it’s the much heralded shrinkage strategy – wrapped as a supposed ‘cut to grow’…

Update on yesterday’s Emergency LMet SU Student Council Meeting

16th April 2015 Dear colleagues, Last night, Max Watson, on behalf of London Met Unison, and myself, on behalf of London Met UCU, debated the Vice-Chancellor, at the invitation of London Met SU Student Council. The student-only meeting was very well attended – but unfortunately, not by enough actual student council voting members, so they…

What are they doing here?

2nd April 2015 London Metropolitan University’s senior management recently found in their own staff survey that 83 per cent have no faith or confidence in their leadership. Their response appears to be to sack as many staff as they can to change the demographics. They are intent on slashing 165 posts while ignoring warnings from…

Faculty S188 plans – Time to Stop the Spiral of Decline

1st April 2015 [adapted from an email sent to members, internal info is omitted] Dear colleagues, As no doubt many of you will have seen, the faculty Dean’s in GFBL, FSSH, CASS and FLSC have just released their S188 plans. What is immediately obvious – and unfortunately predicted, is just how much the various proposed…

There are measures, and then there are measures…

26th March 2015 Dear colleagues, For those of you whose understanding of cause and effect, and logical deduction, is greater than the VCs argument to FBL staff yesterday (summarised below), we suggest you read on. Cause and Effect VC Presented Fact: London Met has a relatively low notional SSR compared to the average of four…