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London Met crisis deepening – government must act

December 9, 2009

Councillor Abjol Miah, Respect prospective parliamentary candidate for Bethnal Green and Bow, today expressed his dismay at the threat that London Metropolitan University may be forced to close, after a stand off between the government and the board of governors.

“An authoritative report from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) has declared that Londion Met was overpaid as a result of a deliberate act of deception,” said Councillor Abjol Miah. “Those responsible must be held to account. However the two groups of people who are entirely innocent in this debacle are the students and the staff. Yet their future is now in serious jeopardy. Not only that but the very future of a university which has provided the opportunity from many from a less privileged background to pursue higher education is in question.

“The government must act to secure the future of this university which boasts many excellent and presitigious courses and departments. They have bailed out the banks to the tune of tens of billions of pounds. A fraction of that money would secure the future of an institution that, unlike the City casino, performs not only a useful but an essential public service.

“I will be attending the emergency student union meeting this evening to pledge my support and the support of the Respect Party to the students and staff who are threatened.”

George Galloway, speaking from Bangladesh, pledged to work with his parliamentary colleague Jeremy Corbyn to urge the government to secure the future of the university.

London Metropolitan University Students’ Union

This e-mail has attached files – see below

Dear fellow students

Today The Independent newspaper has published an article headlined “London Met warned that it could be closed” which can be read by clicking here

Why is this relevant to you ?

London Metropolitan University (LMU) has already seen a cutback of £36 Million pounds meaning that teachers at our university will have to loose their jobs to keep LMU’s accounting books afloat. This means the academic quality and the value of LMU’s degrees will suffer.

After today’s published article, it seems that the Higher Education Funding Council for England has no confidence in the governance and management at LMU.

If the Board of Governors at LMU do not resign then LMU will not be funded and the university will be closed down.

This means that the thousands of pounds that YOU have spent on tuition fees will be poured down the drain and LMU will be closed.

What can you do ?

We are hosting an EMERGENCY meeting tomorrow (Tuesday 8th Dec 2009) in room TMG-47, Tower Building, Holloway Road, North Campus at 18:00 to gather as many students as possible.

Please bring all your friends and classmates from your courses so that we can gather as many students as possible to be able to make an effective protest / rally and start a real student movement.

The President of the NUS (National Union of Students), Wes Streeting and Regional Organising Manager, Chris Shelly will also be in attendance.

I have also attatched a similar petition to that of the UCU/Unison that was sent out today. I am encouraging you to print it out and get all of your classmates to sing it in support of the student movement.

Please do come to the emergency meeting and take it upon yourselves to demand your value for money in education at LMU.

We look forward to seeing you tomorrow.

In Unity & on behalf of the SU Executives

Rishi Pancholi
Communications & Campaigns Officer
Students’ Union
London Metropolitan University

City Campus
3rd Floor, 2 Goulston Street, London, E1 7TP
020 7320 2223

North Campus
TMG-65a Tower Building, 166-220 Holloway Road, London, N7 8DB

Phone: 020 7133(4171)
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