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City of Liverpool College staff pass no confidence vote over financial concerns

21 October 2016

UCU members at the City of Liverpool College have passed a unanimous vote of no confidence in the college leadership over concerns about financial mismanagement.

At a branch meeting earlier today, UCU members held a vote of no confidence in the principal and chair of governors after the college was placed into administered status by the skills and apprenticeships minister, Robert Halfon MP.

In his letter to the chair of the board, the minister cited concerns about quality and a 'failure to exercise adequate financial oversight' by the college leadership. The minister's decision means that the Skills Funding Agency will now attend board meetings at the college, and must be consulted about major financial decisions.

UCU said its members had worked hard to improve provision at the college and ensure the best possible experience for students, but had been let down by poor leadership and financial mismanagement at the top.

UCU regional official, Martyn Moss, said: 'This vote of no confidence highlights the level of anger and disillusionment amongst college staff. Despite their best efforts to improve provision and ensure the best possible student experience, members feel they have been let down by poor leadership and serious financial mismanagement.

'The college management now needs to work hard to address its failings, put the college back on an even financial footing, and regain the trust of its hardworking staff.'

Last updated: 21 October 2016