June 14, 2012 Leave a comment
A small yet important victory
The University of Essex has backed down on its plans to privatise its International Academy, which provides English language teaching and foundation degrees for international students.
An email from the Vice-Chancellor announced that: “The University believes the risks involved in engaging an external partner in providing all pathway provision could outweigh the potential advantages in terms of numbers, quality, and diversity.” This is a pretty remarkable climbdown from the beginning of April, when the VC was arguing that a private provider was the only viable way forward for the IA.
So has the VC seen the light, and decided he’s against privatisation? Hardly. Rather, this is the result of an excellent campaign run by staff within the IA, with support from other staff, students and the local UCU branch. The campaign highlighted a series of glaring factual errors in the University’s report, which was clearly skewed in favour of…
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