AUT complaint against Birmingham upheld

August 2, 2002

The Privy Council has upheld a complaint by the Association of University Teachers that Birmingham University broke its statutes when the vice-chancellor assumed the power to appoint members of a redundancy committee.

Acting on behalf of the Queen as the university's visitor, the Privy Council said that only a committee, not an individual, could take such powers. The university is considering how to make up to 100 staff redundant to save £5 million.

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