Angela Constance Cabinet Secretary for Education
Angela Constance, the Cabinet Secretary for Education in the Scottish Government is interested in your views on how GCU, and other universities are governed.
All university campus unions are in favour of democratising higher education governance and will be making sure their members’ voices are heard in this debate.
We want open elections for chairs of governing bodies, transparency over principals’ pay, a new agreed definition of academic freedom and for governing bodies to be more representative.
In an article in the Herald on 15th January, Mary Senior, UCU Scotland’s official referred to the consultation and forthcoming bill as: ‘a once in a generation opportunity to sort out transparency in Scotland’s universities’
On Monday 26th between 12 and 2pm, the UCU@GCU will be holding a stall in the Hamish Wood foyer allowing staff and students to sign postcards to support change in this sector.
If you are a UCU member there is also a downloadable A3 Poster and A5 Postcard you can use to express your support for the campaign.
Meanwhile the UCU have launched a petition asking their members to record their support for change. You can sign it here.
UCU has also uploaded all the necessary information to contribute individually to the consultation here.
Don’t miss this chance – please make sure your voice is heard.
As well as individual union activity, the GCU Combined Union Committee will be considering a joint submission to both our own Court (before it puts in the university’s ‘corporate’ view), and to the Scottish government. If you have any points on this, please contact either your individual union or Nick McKerral, chair of the CUC.