Cambridge students angered by v-c’s rejection of concerns over fees vote

Students at the University of Cambridge have reacted with anger after the vice-chancellor blocked an attempt by about 150 academics to change the terms of a vote over whether to allow the institution to set tuition fees at £9,000 a year.

March 9, 2011

Two amendments that would have forced the university to explain its fees decision in more detail – and to guarantee the existing level of bursaries for poor students – were signed by dozens of academics.

However, Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, Cambridge’s vice-chancellor, rejected both as “inadmissible” because they would delay the university’s submission of an agreement to the Office for Fair Access. He added that a decision on bursaries was still to be considered.

Rahul Mansigani, president of the Cambridge University Students’ Union, said: “We are appalled and outraged by the decision of the university to blatantly refuse to acknowledge the concerns of its students and academics.”

A series of counter-motions – known as “graces” – signed by academics could still be voted on if the university’s council allows them to be put to Regent House, which will vote in the main ballot over the next few weeks.

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