The Welsh Assembly should support a new UN resolution on racism

April 28th, 2016 by

Anti-Semitism became an issue during the election, so it is best I state my views on it. Instead of criticising Ken Livingstone’s use of the term “Zionism”, Carwyn Jones should be calling for all parliaments and assemblies in the UK to support a new UN resolution that opposes all forms of racism, including anti-Semitism. Racism is not an issue isolated to any one political party or country. It is a worldwide problem and so it is the UN that is the proper forum for worldwide action.

Equal access to higher education for people with disabilities

April 18th, 2016 by

The Welsh Assembly is now in charge of most of the laws affecting universities and schools in Wales. With disability access to universities an incomplete process it is important to vote for the person or party that a person thinks will most act to require educational institutions to make increased access for students with disabilities a priority.

Fair access to justice in higher education

April 17th, 2016 by

It is impossible for university students to get justice when they face the wrath of professionally engaged solicitors firms with money that has come from their fees and the taxpayer. It is my view that the Welsh Assembly need to introduce an education court to hear student complaints, where students have access to legal representation so they can have a fair hearing.

Universities should work with communities and the public sector

April 16th, 2016 by

Universities can work with communities and should not be taxpayer funded islands that provide jollies for their staff while other members of the public go without in respect of other public services. Their research capacity can be used to make public services better run through reports on how best to use public funds.

Members of the public should have full access to university libraries

April 16th, 2016 by

University libraries play an important role in supporting students and this is the reason why all members of the public should have access to them and not just students and lecturers.

More competition for students needed in higher education

April 16th, 2016 by

It is not right for universities to have the influence and control to be able to request medical records as a condition of enrolment.

There needs to be more competition in the university market in Wales. Universities should have to compete for students rather than get a £9,000 a year handout with no conditions attached.

If universities were not guaranteed money unless students completed their degrees, maybe they would be more accommodating?

Universities should be more transparent with disability performance data

April 16th, 2016 by

Universities seem to think they are islands that have more rights than everyone else. Universities should not be allowed to use excuses like “competition” to be unaccountable for the quality of their support to students with disabilities.

Separate university course provision from student support

April 16th, 2016 by

University course provision needs to be separate from how students are supported. Students with disabilities should be able to know that if one university does not provide for their needs they can go to another without interrupting their studies.

Wales needs an Oxford-style college system where students choose which university to be resident in based on how they are supported in their studies and not which programme they want to study, which should be provided to students at the same time, regardless of the university they are registered at.