Dear Colleagues


ULU Report in Public Domain


Please find attached a copy of the Report from the ULU Review Group , which will be considered by the Collegiate Council next week.  We have today also provided the report to ULU Sabbatical Officers and the Chief Executive, and to the ULU Senate and Trustees. The Senate is essentially the presidents of the College Students Unions, so the Report now has a wide readership. 


It will be on the agenda for your meeting on  22 May. (I haven’t attached the numerous appendices at this stage)


I have also added a briefing note on some of the governance issues around the process, which  I hope will be of use now, and if/when the process moves forward.


Just for information, we  have prepared an outline comms strategy, which heads of colleges are aware of:

Our “headline” points to external enquiries will be

·         Highly consultative review over the last 7-8 months

·         The core recommendation is that  ULU ceases to exist in its present form in summer 2014 BUT that the  services  and facilities that students  value and use –  including, for example  the pool, gym, shops, cafes, bars, venues, inter-collegiate sports  - will continue, with investment and development

·         The Review is responding to repeatedly voiced student concerns about ULU’s governance, the legitimacy of its representational role given its elections record, the student  interest in getting an effective  focus on London issues for all London students

·         That a federal student union made sense in the 1950s but not any more

·         Wasteful duplication of resources between  (appropriate) college provision and out-dated central provision

·         No job losses anticipated as a result of the project


Do please let me know if you have any questions or concerns about the report or recommendations.


With best wishes



Ms M F Boylan
Deputy University Secretary

University of London
Senate House | Malet Street | London WC1E 7HU | UK
Tel: +44 (0)20 7862 8015   Web:

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