In an open meeting this afternoon, a University of Manchester Vice-President, Professor Clive Agnew, told stunned students that the University is obligated to provide them “with a degree,” rather than a complete education.
Students were fielding questions to a panel comprised of UoM Vice-Chancellor Dame Nancy Rothwell, alongside Deputy President and Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Luke Georghiou, and Vice-President for Teaching, Learning and Students, Professor Clive Agnew.
When asked by a student about the University’s perceived failure to deliver a satisfactory education, Professor Agnew stated: “The contract is to deliver a degree, that is the focus.”
This is in contradiction to the UCU strike briefing note issued by the Independent Adjudicator back in March.
Responding to student complaints and demands for compensation emailed to Vice-Chancellor Nancy Rothwell in March, UoM Director of Communications Michael Greenhalgh told students en-masse that it would be “virtually impossible” to calculate compensation, be that on an individual or group basis.