In summer, the university management commenced a consultation to close down the Language Centre at UEL, dismiss all 6 members of staff and outsource the work of the centre to Newham College or another organisation.
After a consultation which failed to meet the requirements of “genuine & meaningful”, UEL students, staff and unions launched a campaign to Save our Language Centre. In the course of the campaign over 750 signatures were received in a petition against closure.
The Language Centre staff and union representatives produced a counter proposal, which was a far more articulate, researched and evidence based poposal to the management one for closure.
However, university management have, to date, failed to act on the counter proposal and failed to agree to the demands of many hundreds of the UEL community.
We view this as a dangerous precendent and is something that the unions will continue to monitor and inform staff about. Be prepared for further actions.