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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.