5 Jan 2010
Bristol blogger off the air (briefly) over UWE 'defamation'
As an ex-University of the West of England employee, I was intrigued that the Bristol Blogger was taken off for a period today over 'allegations' click here about a former UWE vic-chancellor Sir Howard Newby.
I wonder if I will be close down for typing 'Interesting'.
Any way lets keep linking to the Bristol blogger.
This is worth looking at when it comes to looking at http://ecologics.wordpress.com/2007/12/18/lord-leitchs-levers-part-3/
This is from the http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2007/jul/23/highereducation.uk, (don't get me started on Rory Carroll, aargh!)
The use of management consultancy firms linked to both Sir Howard and his wife, assistant vice-chancellor Lady Sheila Newby, also caused concern.
"They were private companies with no idea about university or academe telling us how to do things and what to do. People got upset because he was running the university life a little fiefdom and giving very big contracts to his mates," said one academic, who preferred not to be named.
The Council for Racial Equality also pulled the university up for failing to do an equality audit before advertising several readership appointments, after a complaint by the UCU.
And the union initiated a dispute earlier this year over the imposition of a new academic calendar without any serious consultation, which compressed holidays so people could not take a summer break because of marking duties. The governors eventually withdrew it in March.
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