Liverpool Hope exam timetable at risk as university rejects union’s
industrial action looks on the cards at Liverpool Hope University
after the university rejected proposals from the University and
College Union (UCU) for a more measured approach to significant
UCU said that it was disappointed that the university had rejected
the union’s proposals to stagger staffing changes in its Teacher
Education provision and that industrial action that could disrupt
students’ exams was being seriously considered by its members at
Liverpool Hope University.
The union says that the institution is reacting too quickly to
changes to how teacher training will be funded in the future. The
changes to move a lot of teacher training from universities to
schools will not take place until 2012/13 and the union had set out
plans to stagger voluntary redundancy packages and staff leaving.
UCU says that although the university will lose some funding from
the Training and Development Agency (TDA) this year, it should not
rush ahead with widespread job cuts that could damage the reputation
of the institution and quality of the teaching it offers. The
university will only find out in June what level of tuition fee it
can charge students for the 2012/2013 academic year.
UCU regional official, Martyn Moss, said:- “The union is not
blind to the difficulties faced by Liverpool Hope. Liverpool Hope is
not the only university facing these challenges, but it is the only
one moving at this pace to try and sack staff. We put forward
sensible counter proposals that would allow the university to
properly manage changes that are not due until the 2012/13 academic
We want to see a sensible resolution to this dispute, but we simply
do not accept that the university has to move at this pace, or that
it is in the interests of staff, students or the university’s
reputation. That is why UCU members at Liverpool Hope are prepared
to take further industrial action if the university refuses to
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Princes Dock Creates a Splash!
Dock in Liverpool is the latest venue to announce it will be holding
open water swimming sessions this year. Organised by Uswim
Openwater, the weekly open water season started on 16 April 2011
with the first session at Princes Dock taking place on Tuesday, 19 April
2011. The season will run until mid-September and is open to the
Liza Marco said:- “Over the past few months we have seen an
increase in activity at Princes Dock which includes the completion
of lettings to office occupiers, Holyrood children’s day nursery and
in May the opening of Bean coffee shop and deli. From April to
September we will see a total of 15 cruise liners dock at Princes
Dock, in addition to the visits from Royal Naval vessels. The open
water swimming is just another activity that emphasises the leisure
element at Princes Dock and we are sure it will be a success”.
Dave Quartermain, Uswim Openwater founder of Uswim said:-
“Princes Dock is a great, safe venue for open water swimming and we
look forward to welcoming novices, Great Swimmers and triathletes
alike to receive tuition from professional Swim Coaches. We offer
wetsuit hire, safety cover and accurately measured swim courses.
Everything an open water swimmers needs!”
For more information on the open water swimming at Princes Dock,
Princes Dock is a hub of business activity set in 14.5 hectares,
situated in the proposed £6 billion redevelopment scheme of
Liverpool waterfront; Liverpool Waters. It is located
adjacent the iconic Liver Building alongside the new cruise liner
facility. The new Leeds - Liverpool canal link extension also passes
through the development.
There are over 2,500 people employed within Princes Dock with
occupiers including Coutts Bank, PricewaterhouseCoopers and KMPG.
All occupiers benefit from on site car parking, 24 hour security
services, dedicated on-site maintenance team, on site member health
and leisure club, a cafe, bars, restaurants and a new day nursery.
In addition to 3 Grade A office buildings Princes Dock is home to 2
high quality hotels; the Crowne Plaza and Malmaison, 3 luxury
apartment towers and a 760 space multi storey car park.