Editor | Cassandra Lau
Plans to restructure current Faculties into Schools were approved by Council in November last term. Meetings between departments, the Students’ Union, and the college have been organised this term for further enquiries into the transition. An anonymous source has confirmed that the Heads of Schools have already been hired, and plans to cut down on personnel have been made.
The Students’ Union have confirmed that they are in full support of the transition. According to Jack O’Neill, VP Education from the Students’ Union, “The move to schools will, theoretically, bring consistency across the college to allow for less variations between departments.” He explains that “administrating staff in departments, currently, vary greatly in responsibilities and resource and this restructuring will be lifting some responsibilities out of this level in order to free up time to do the [things] they’re designated to do.”
“The move to schools will, theoretically, bring consistency across the college to allow for less variations between departments.”
However, this academic restructuring – or this lifting of responsibilities – will have a devastating impact on “professional service colleagues who provide administrative support to departments, as the process has been designed to cut costs by slimming down personnel” states the Royal Holloway UCU blog. At a meeting, Deputy Principal Professor Katie Normington assured concerned staff that they would be offered alternative positions at the college. However, whether it be a sloppy job done by the college or departments, staff members have not only been offered jobs below their qualifications, but have had their jobs advertised.
To protest the academic restructuring of administrative staff and reduction of student facing roles, the Media Arts held a departmental meeting early this week on 11thFebruary at the Shilling Lecture Theatre. The aim was to bring welfare issues to staff members’ attention.
The ‘upgrade’ to the Schools system will place Royal Holloway on par with most other universities, and bring about a more sustainable structure