Members of the students’ union voted overwhelmingly last month against changing the name from Leeds Met to Leeds Beckett.
Now lecturers have added their voice of protest.
Nearly 93% of members of the University and College Union (UCU) who participated in an online poll last week backed a motion saying: “This branch has no confidence in the decision to change the name of Leeds Metropolitan University to Leeds Beckett University”.
Turn-out was high, with 67% of the approximately 650 members of the union at the university joining in.
It’s unthinkable that the university’s governing body will change its mind at this late stage. The £250k process of implementation – all the branding, signage and changes to Leeds Met’s (and its partners’) online and offline publications – will be well advanced by now.
The name change was approved by the Privy Council in November and is due to come into effect at the beginning of the 2014-15 academic year.
Following the student vote, University vice-chancellor Professor Susan Price confirmed that the name change would be going ahead on 22nd September, according to a report in The Independent.
It will be going ahead, but with no indication that it has the support of either staff or students.
It’s a weird one, this leadership thing, isn’t it?