Open University chief to face vote of no confidence

The Guardian is reporting that the Open University vice-chancellor is to face a vote of no confidence after he said staff were ‘not teaching’  

Staff at the Open University are tabling a vote of no confidence in its vice-chancellor, Peter Horrocks.

Horrocks has come under fire for plans to axe staff and cut courses, which were first revealed in the Guardian last week.

The plans include reducing courses, qualifications and modules by more than one-third as well as axing many lecturers – the workforce budget will be cut by £15m-20m. The university is launching a voluntary redundancy programme on 9 April.

The University and College Union (UCU), says Horrocks’s position is untenable as a result of the cuts plans and for claiming that staff were “not teaching” .

Staff will vote on the motion calling for his resignation next Thursday (5 April) at an emergency meeting. The motion of no confidence calls on the vice-chancellor to resign immediately. Staff say that the plans to cut courses by a third and axe hundreds of staff , will “destroy” the institution and reduce it to a “digital content provider”. 

In an exchange with students this week, he accused Open University staff of “not teaching”.

The union says it believes Horrocks no longer commands the respect or authority of staff or the university council after the latest incidents.

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