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Students and Universities DIUS Committee – Summary

April 22nd, 2009 · No Comments

Summary

My evidence is based upon my appalling experience at the University of Wales Lampeter as a mature student in 2002/3. I have two professional qualifications with 16 years experience in social work, and to my cost got myself involved in an argument in defence of the disadvantaged. In return for doing what I considered to be a public duty I was falsely accused of plagiarism, intimidated during an examination and falsely accused of malicious harassment.

Using my life experience and professional training, I have for the last six years attempted to seek a remedy for a situation that the University of Wales Lampeter considered routine and that an expert has informed me is a typical case. I have used all conceivable means of seeking a remedy but while procedures are in place, there is no regulatory body to ensure that they are complied with.

Here is a summary of the main issues.

  • Academic independence used to hide maladministration and financial irregularities.
  • No jurisdiction for the financial regulators the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW) to intervene in financial mismanagement, despite claims to the contrary. The disregard demonstrated by HEFCW for its statutory duties has led to a situation whereby unlike its English counterpart HEFCE it will be the Charity Commission that will undertake the role of regulator for Welsh Universities under the Charity Act 2006.
  • No brief for the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) to intervene in institutionalised abuse, and quote has ‘no locus in these matters’. Despite claims its job is to reassure the public about standards in higher education.
  • The failure of the Welsh Assembly to implement the Higher Education Act 2004.
    • The Visitor and OIA replacing the courts without the same safeguards for what is a course of public justice for students.
  • The connection with the Church in Wales that is more concerned with politics than religion, to the point whereby its charitable status is now in question.
  • The refusal of the University of Wales to implement any complaints procedures.
  • No right of any complaint to University auditors concerning financial irregularity.
  • The removal of the power of intervention by the Auditor General under the Local Government Act 2000 by the Public Audit (Wales) Act 2004.
  • Failure of the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 to offer any protection to student whistleblowers.
  • Secrecy concerning student complaints and offending universities.

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