Not-long commitment

April 22, 2005

The Leeds University advert for a head for a new Lifelong Learning Centre must surely be a belated April Fool's joke (Classified, April 8). It refers to "a strong commitment to lifelong learning and adult education...(the university is)...seeking to strengthen this". What is not mentioned is the recent closure of the highly respected School of Continuing Education, and the loss of 30-40 per cent of its posts. The school had a financial deficit, but this was minuscule compared with others in the university such as the Business School and the School of Medicine.

In addition, all staff (but particularly clerical) have been, and continue to be, treated appallingly by the university management in a process that has gone on for more than two years.

Kevin Ward
Leeds

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