Dennis Leech’s blog links to some excellent sources of information on the USS pension proposals.
Chair: Lois Davis
Casework Coordinator: Rob Fidler / Amanda Cleary
Treasurer: Niall Bailey
Health and safety: Rosalind Malcolm
Membership: Leslie Blake
Press and Publicity: <vacancy>
Equal Opps: Jean Johnson Jones
Teaching Fellow rep: Henry Hogh
Part time rep: Maria Xenitidou
New researchers rep: Monomita Nandy
FBEL rep: <vacancy>
FEPS rep: Chris Burt
FHMS rep: Alison Cottell
FAHS rep: Laura Harvey
Central Services rep: Rob Fidler
Web Admin: Nigel Gilbert
Regional Rep: Ellen Seiss
Here is something a new member wrote and said he didm’t mind if we published it.
After our head of department’s admirable efforts to get us to complete the Staff Survey, I was disappointed to say the least at Paul Stephenson’s misleading spin on the results in the Surrey Life newsletter (Summer 2014 issue).
Where there was a high positive percentage score, he quoted the percentage; where there was a low positive percentage score, he only told us about the shift in percentage from the previous year.
So, the following have been airbrushed out of the account:
4. In my team, we have the resources we need to complete our work effectively; only 49% agree; 30% disagree
10. I have an awareness of the University’s new ‘Create Wonder’ brand: 42% do not.
11. I am aware of the 5 new University values introduced in January 2014: 50% are not
12. The University does a good job of keeping me informed about matters affecting me: only 53% think so
14. There is good communication between people in different parts of the organisation: only 31% think so; 40% disagree
35. I feel I could approach a member of the Executive Board if I wanted to raise something with them: only 32% agree; 41% think not
36. I trust the University’s Executive Board to lead the organisation effectively: only 44% agree
39. If so did the changes improve working arrangements/ make no difference/ make matters worse?: only 39% think changes made things better; 40% think changes made things worse
46. I believe progression is fair at the University: only 39% agree
Given the way that the figures have been interpreted, it is perhaps no wonder that only 69% of staff engaged in the survey, and that:
53. Where I work effective action has been taken on the results of the last staff survey: only 26% agree.
I don’t suppose anything can be done about this, but I wonder what the point of a survey is unless the results are acknowledged fairly, and acted upon.
The Times Higher Education has published a report about a review of governance at Durham University, which makes for interesting reading and inevitably makes one wonder how Surrey would fare in a similar review. As at Durham, the university Senate seems to have lost the power it used to have.