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Leeds Metropolitan University staff deliver damning no confidence vote in deputy vice-chancellor

4 March 2013 | last updated: 10 December 2015

Staff at Leeds Metropolitan University (LMU) have delivered a damning vote of no confidence in the institution's deputy vice-chancellor Professor Sally Glen.

Members of UCU voted overwhelmingly (95.2%) in favour of the no confidence vote, following mounting disquiet over Professor Glen's role as deputy vice-chancellor for student experience.

Staff have tried to raise concerns that a changes to the academic calendar following a rushed curriculum review led by Professor Glen will leave a teaching gap of two months between semester one and semester two.

Despite efforts by the union to negotiate with the university over the changes, UCU says the university has refused to listen and left it with no choice but to survey members. The union added that it was not resistant to change, but it was resistant to bad ideas implemented without proper consultation with the people who will be most affected.

UCU regional official, Mark Oley, said: 'This result shows the degree of anger and disappointment at the actions of the deputy vice-chancellor. UCU is not against change, but we do oppose ill-thought through ideas being implemented too quickly without consultation with the people who will be most affected.

'We have sought to address these issues and concerns with the university but it has refused to listen. It is time for Professor Glen to step back and speak to her staff about what best will serve students and the reputation of Leeds Metropolitan University.'