The below questions summarise the key issues brought up through discussion and debate by those that attended the seminar on ‘Rebuilding Community’ on 18th February, 2016.
- How do we foster community between students and the rest of the university when many are being treated and see themselves as customers? How can students be made to feel they belong within communities of scholarship?
- Structures of line management make every individual responsible to a superior rather than to colleagues at the same level. How can we restore collective responsibility to collegial communities?
- Does the devolution of authority to schools really allow for greater decentralisation or does it put schools in competition with each other so as to increase power at the centre? Is there still a role for Colleges in fostering cross-school community?
- Can we have less management and more leadership? How can we reduce the gap in understanding and communication between those at the ‘top’ and those at the ‘bottom’ of the university hierarchy?
- How can we make better use of physical spaces for fostering community at the University of Aberdeen?
Please comment on this post and/or bring your thoughts around these questions to the assembly on Tuesday 22nd March, 2016, 5-7pm, New Kings Lecture Theatre 6. These themes will be what structures the open discussions at the assembly.
The aim of the assembly, ‘The Manifesto’, is to review what we have achieved so far, and to lay the foundations for a manifesto for the future of the University. This is the opportunity for you to have your say in shaping this future. The manifesto will be drafted over the Easter break, after which the draft will be opened to consultation. We propose to launch the final version with an event in King’s College on the afternoon of Tuesday 24th May.