At yesterday’s Annual General Meeting, members of the Bournemouth University branch of UCU voted unanimously, subject to one abstention, to greylist the New College of the Humanities with immediate effect.
The resolution is as follows:
This branch recognises the grave threat that new, private HE providers such as the New College of the Humanities present to the interests of students and staff, and to the fabric of Higher Education.
In particular, we are opposed to:
- The expansion of for-profit provision of HE and the reduction of higher education to a commodity, traded for the benefit of shareholders
- The parasitic relationship between NCH, other institutions and the sector as a whole
- The dire implications of the NCH model for quality and social mobility
Branch resolves to greylist NCH with immediate effect. Branch members will refuse to associate themselves with NCH, to provide services to NCH as external examiners, researchers or teaching staff, or to allow their intellectual property to be used by NCH.
Branch calls upon the Vice Chancellor publicly to dissociate BU from NCH, and to oppose the establishment of private colleges along the NCH model.
The resolution means:
- Non-attendance, speaking at or organising academic or other conferences at NCH
- Not applying for any advertised jobs at NCH
- Not giving lectures at NCH
- Not accepting positions as visiting professors or researchers at NCH
- Not writing for any academic journal which is edited at or produced by NCH
- Not taking up new contracts as external examiners for taught courses at NCH