Proposition passed at last Academic Board Special Meeting:

This proposition was passed by an overwhelming show of hands at special Academic Board meeting – 21 Nov 2012 (separate votes were taken on (i) and (ii) and in each case there were only 3 hands against, and between 100 and 150 hands in favour).

That the way forward, given the level of opposition displayed on Academic Board (24/10/2012) and the wider university to the current Statute 18 reform proposals, is:

i.                That the Academic Board advises Council that its November meeting should only approve changes to the specific references to employment law in Statute 18, to update them or remove them altogether, thereby making the statute consistent with employment legislation, in the immediate future, whilst

ii.              Academic Board will establish a working group, answerable and reporting back to Academic Board, consisting of members of Academic Board representing different constituencies of the university (professorial academic staff; non-professorial academic staff; fellows; non-academic staff; student union AB members; management; and the campus unions) selected by Academic Board to develop a future proposal for reform of the Statute that preserves and protects staff rights and considers the possibility of extending statute rights beyond the constituencies currently mentioned in the statute.

NB: Part i. of the matter to be discussed is in line with the function of Academic Board, Statute 7(10. B) of UCL’s Statutes, part ii. is in line with the UCL Committees Code of Practice (3).


Note: Academic Board has a right to make proposals and put them before Council for consideration under Section 17 of UCL’s charter: “The Academic Board shall have power to propose to the Council Statutes and Regulations to be made by the Council and it shall be the duty of the Council to consider any such Statutes or Regulations.”


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