Lecturers the AUT union are organising protests at the suspension of Colwyn Williamson from Swansea University. The university vice chancellor has used discretionary powers to push through what union activists see as a case of victimisation. Colwyn has been banned from entering university premises and denied access to his university e-mail account.
This followed a police investigation at the invitation of the vice chancellor and one other senior member of the management team. His office was entered and material taken away. In a 7.30am raid at his home, they seized other material, including CDs and discs belonging to Colwyn’s 12 year old daughter.
Colwyn has been charged with “hacking” under the Computer Misuse Act, 1990, and has been released with a caution. The police seem to have suspended their investigation. It relates to a matter that took place 11 months ago.
Whatever the precise in and outs of it are, Colwyn has been a thorn in the side of the management at Swansea University for a long time, and most recently over resisting course closures.
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Lecturers at Hackney Community College, east London, are demanding the resignation of the college principal after management handed out more than 50 redundancies to lecturers.
These redundancies were announced on the day the college was chosen by the government’s Learning and Skills Council as a prestigious “Centre of Vocational Excellence”.
The college achieved above average academic and vocational results last year. Members of the lecturers’ Natfhe union at the college held a 120-strong emergency meeting on Friday of last week as the cuts were announced.
They voted unanimously to ballot to strike in defence of educational provision in the borough.
They also appealed for trade unionists for support.
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