Top-down restructure proposal threatens Arts and Humanities at Kent
- The work on restructuring the Division began back in September, and there have been more than a dozen meetings since then to move plans forward. A structure was arrived at by majority consensus, with Heads of school and colleagues having input through the autumn term’s ‘feasibility review.’
- There has now been a last minute change of structure presented, which has been introduced top-down without any discussion. Presented only on Monday, this proposal was never discussed as part of the ‘feasibility review’ and has had none of the same detailed analysis.
- This new proposal would see all of the Humanities merge in one super-school – a “School of English, History, Classical and Archaeological Studies, Philosophy, Asian Studies, Religious Studies, Comparative Literature, Modern Languages, and English Language and Linguistics”, a merger of nine subjects that would certainly risk more jobs and careers across the Division.
- The Divisional Leadership team now intend to vote on this new structure themselves, despite a total lack of support and despite potential conflicts of interest.
- This change of process – bringing forward an entirely new structure only one week before consultation closes – is exactly why the majority of colleagues in A&H voted that they have no confidence in the Divisional leadership team.
- This academic restructuring is first taking place in A&H but will be rolled out across the university. As a union, we need to make our voices heard: we need transparent and open processes across the university, not backroom deals that benefit a few select individuals.
What you need to do:
- If you are in A&H:
- Submit feedback to the employer’s formal consultation here. Some suggested wording is here.
- Also email the same feedback to George Randsley de Moura, DVC for Academic Strategy, Planning and Performance, who is chairing the management group overseeing the restructure: firstname.lastname@example.org
- If you are a member outside of A&H, ensure you come to national strike pickets & tell us when you’ve posted your national ballot, or if you can’t find your ballot [links in email from Kester 8.3.23]