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London Met University: wrong data revealed

Issue No. 2180

A damning report into the recording of student numbers at London Metropolitan University has found that management knew of incorrect data regarding student numbers as early as 2004.

Sir David Melville’s report said that the board of governors failed to challenge the then vice-chancellor Brian Roper, who is heavily criticised in the report.

It also said Roper routinely ignored workers who raised concerns that the university may be breaking the rules set out by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (Hefce).

Financial mismanagement at London Met underpins plans to sack hundreds of lecturers and deprive students of a quality education—or any education at all, if courses are cut altogether.

Roper resigned in March this year but the redundancy plans remain.

Hefce wrote to the chair of governors last week instructing all members of the governing body to “consider their position”—effectively calling for the entire governing body to resign.

This latest report shows yet again that workers were not to blame for the crisis. They should not be the ones to pay for it.

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Tue 1 Dec 2009, 18:34 GMT
Issue No. 2180
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