Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Learning Development Unit & Writing Centre Closure

o On Tuesday 9th November, staff in the Learning Development Unit (LDU) & Writing Centre at London Metropolitan University were informed of the intention of University senior management to close down both services.

o This will make London Met one of very few UK Universities offering no expert Learning Development support for students.

o Senior management are attempting to justify this by suggesting study support will be arranged as necessary by faculties/departments. However, in the absence of any additional funding allocated for this, it will result in sporadic availability of study support at best.

o This decision flies in the face of present Strategic Plan promises to offer ‘learning advice, support and environments to assist learners from many different educational backgrounds’ and is based on an inadequate and highly secretive ‘review’ process.

o Redundancies are planned to take place at an unspecified time before the end of the present academic year and staff in the LDU and Writing Centre have been given 44 days to argue the case for alternative proposals.

o For more information on the LDU and Writing Centre and their range of support for students and staff within the University, see:

www.londonmet.ac.uk/ldu ... click on ‘events, times & locations’
www.londonmet.ac.uk/ldustaff (the LDU’s staff-supporting website)

o Whether you are a London Met student or member of staff, we invite you to write to the VC to have the ‘Section 188’ notices rescinded and to recognise the valuable contribution of the LDU and Writing Centre to the institution:

o If you are a student who has benefited from LDU or Writing Centre support, we would like to hear your comments. Please blog here!

o If you are a staff member or student from outside London Met who has been
influenced by the work of the Writing Centre or LDU, we’d like to hear
from you too! Please leave your comments on this blog.

What can you do to help?

Post comments and letters of support on our blog.
Join the Don't write off the LDU Facebook group
Sign the Don't write off the LDU petition
Send this editable email to the VC