It would be interesting to hear the view of any Imperial alumni that are members of this. I doubt if there are many, however, the only one I'm aware of is the legendary former RCSA President M C Black.
Interestingly, if Convocation goes with the new Statutes, the University will have to make some changes to the Academic Dress - they are suggesting that everyone will get white silk-lined hoods and not just members of Convocation.
Still, I believe that all doctorates should be allowed to wear pheasents' feathers in the Tudor bonnets too. It would be nice touch!
I agree - but i'd like to extend that to anyone with oil, who doesn't kow-tow to the US regime.
(obviously not Saudi Arabia, because despite breeding most of Al-Quaeda, that's not a terrorist nation... noooo... never... Maybe you can't have terrorists and US bases in the same country... (or be a US Ally and sponsor terrorism (*cough*UK*cough*)))
Why on earth should a bunch of random alumni have so much say in how the University is run anyway? Just because they did a degree there once upon a time doesn't necessarily mean they have any clue how to run a University!
Certainly the VC & chums need to be answerable to somebody - but surely they already are answerable to the rest of the University / society / the government and other funding bodies albeit in a less tangiable way.
I don't see why Zellick's proposals are so radical? What do they do at other Universities? I don't remember there being anything equivilent at Bath - the VC is answerable to the Univ Council who in turn are Governors of the Univ and hence required by law to be responsible for it and do their best to look after it....
Why do people seem to think these changes are a bad thing? Or am I misunderstanding things?
Nia, it's not so much the changes. (Convocation doesn't do much anyway that isn't ceremonial.)
The trouble is that the VC sent a letter to all members saying "do you agree with the changes to the statutes". He didn't actually say that the changes would mean abolition. This is a little, well, dodgy.
Would it be impolite to suggest that you might have used a thesaurus Sam?
Anyway www.dictionary.com says......
PERFIDIOUS adj : tending to betray; especially having a treacherous character as attributed to the Carthaginians by the Romans; "Punic faith"; "the perfidious Judas"; "the fiercest and most treacherous of foes";
MENDACIOUS 1. Given to deception or falsehood; lying; as, a mendacious person.
On another note, Etienne - I've given it some thought and decided that emaciated is a horrible word.