RE: Special Staff Briefing: Messages from the Vice-Chancellor and Chair of University Council

“It’s been a long time, a long time coming; but I know a change gonna come, oh yes it will…”

Dear UNISON members,

Following today’s announcement – that the Vice-Chancellor Professor Brian Cantor is resigning and leaving at the end of the next academic year – we wanted to outline our position as a union.

We are relieved that Professor Cantor has decided to resign. But it is our position that his resignation should take place immediately.

It is not appropriate for leaders of large institutions to oversee such drastic and damaging change with the knowledge they are leaving. Staff cannot be expected to have any faith in the governance or direction  of an organisation when they know that the person in charge does not have the long term future of the establishment at heart.

Your Unison Branch will continue to fight against the ongoing, damaging, redundancies and restructures. Today’s announcement does not impact on our current campaign or the outcome of our recent ballot; we still believe that there are better ways for The University of Bradford to overcome its issues.

This morning, UCU published a vote of no confidence in the VC, with over 90% of UCU members stating that they have no confidence in the VC going forward. That is an unprecedented result. We now intend to hold our own motion of no confidence, which will add to the UCU Vote and the ongoing No Confidence Vote that our students are running.

On Monday, our members gave a huge mandate for industrial action, the largest ever recorded by you – the members of this Branch. Your executive committee met today and have drawn up proposals for industrial action. These proposals will be put to members at an ‘all members meeting’ next week, further details of which will follow.

We believe that, under the right leadership, this university can be one of the best in the country. However, time is running out and drastic action must be taken quickly.

Yours in solidarity,

Patrick Dennehy