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UCU calls on Lord Wharton to stand down in response to a House of Lords report into the Office for Students

13 September 2023

UCU has today responded to a report from the House of Lords that calls on the Office for Students to 'do better'.

Responding to a report from the House of Lords Industry and Regulators Select Committee, UCU general secretary Jo Grady said: 'This report is more evidence that the Office for Students is failing students and is not fit for purpose. It was asleep at the wheel when staff were forced to take industrial action, and has done nothing to support students or push employers to settle the dispute.

'It's clear that the sector does not have confidence in how the regulator is operating and the chair, Lord Wharton, should do the decent thing and step down. The regulator now needs to properly engage with the sector, push for funding reform and call on employers to restart negotiations on pay, workload and conditions as a matter of urgency.'

Last updated: 19 September 2023