The voice of UCL alumni
Whereas we the alumni of UCL have a vested interest and a voice in the welfare of our alma mater, we believe that:
1) The UCL Union council is currently acting in breach of the Union’s constitution to be independent of any political party or religious body, by taking stands on political (e.g. student fees) and religious issues (e.g. debate on abortion). Such issues should be taken up through appropriate channels such as one’s local MP, student society/club, the NUS and other similar outlets. The UCL Union though, should not be used as a tool to further political, religious, or individual agendas.
2) Accordingly, the UCL Union should drop its motion of no confidence in Provost Malcolm Grant.
3) Political views of the Provost aside, that it should be acknowledged he has made a number of great contributions to UCL, such as:
a. UCL now being ranked amongst the top ten universities in the world (The Times Higher Education QS World University Rankings in 2009 and the US News World’s Best University Rankings in 2011);
b. The successful launch of the £300 million capital campaign to ensure UCL’s long term competitiveness;
c. The development of a visionary Bloomsbury Masterplan (as unveiled in November 2011). This will ensure the continued growth of UCL, with an investment of approximately £500 million over the next 10-15 years.