This morning the vice chancellor sent a message to all staff of the University of Oxford:

Dear Colleagues,

I am writing to follow up on yesterday’s meeting in the Sheldonian which my colleagues have told me about.

I was very sorry not to be there myself but I had scheduled a trip to New York on university business before the meeting of Congregation was called.

In light of the depth of feeling of so many colleagues we will convene a special meeting of Council today at noon and will be recommending that Council reverse its response to the UUK survey in line with Congregation’s resolution.

I also hope that we will be able to work together to help bridge the divide between UUK and UCU in the ongoing negotiations. The future of our pensions is a shared interest for so many members of this University that we must try to find common ground. In the coming days we will look for ways to improve our engagement with staff so that all members of our community are able to speak and be heard on this very important issue.

Yours sincerely,
Louise Richardson