music to tell the audience what wasgoing on, only to be hauled away
from the DJ decks ve minutes laterby [Union bar staff].”
The allegations do not stop
there: Presha has also stated that
Mr Barton-Wood was initiallyrefused entry to the Living Room,because security believed he hadtaken drugs and was attempting to
bring drugs into the venue.
He was let in after a search, buthas said that this had also happenedon a previous occasion when he was
denied entry outright. Since then
he says he has been singled outby Union security, being heckled
“mushroom head” and “stoner.”During the most recent
altercation Mr Barton-Wood alsoclaims to have heard a securityguard say to a colleague, “I can’t
wait to hurt someone tonight!” JP called the Union securityteam “warped” and said, “We
do a lot of work for free… this is
discrimination of a sort. It justgives a bad vibe.”Union Chief Executive Bob
Anderson responded by saying,“We are aware of this complaintand an internal investigation is
currently taking place. Once we
have the result of this we will moveto the next stage if any disciplinary
is required. This potentially wouldinvolve talking to DGL, our doorstaff provider.
“It is important that we lookat this complaint in a fair way andnot pre-judge the outcome and not
have trial by media.”
The Union has also raised theissue of student provocation of door staff, with tweets to the Unionrecent 24-hour Twitter marathonUSSU 24 reading, “#ussu24 hey
rubix bouncers, suck my PENISSSS”
and “#ussu24 so uneducated, yet
you work at a university. Rubixbouncers, you know who you are!”
The allegations raiseserious questions around theprofessionalism of the Union door
staff. Other students who would
like to comment on security atRubix or the Living Room shouldcontact
Union bouncers may have made illegal search
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Royal Surrey Director sackedover ‘irregular transactions’
director at the Royal
Surrey County Hospital has
been sacked over allegations
of “irregular transactions”
involving large amounts of
Peter Lewis was an Associate
Director of Informatics until
his suspension and eventual
dismissal last December for
gross misconduct, after thehospital carried out an internalinvestigation following claimsmade in November by an external
It is thought the allegationscentre on around £600,000spent within the Informatics
Department, including £200,000
of unbudgeted spend on one ITproject and £400,000 spent onprojects that the hospital hasnow placed on hold pending
The chief executive of thehospital, Nick Moberly, said thereasons for dismissing Mr Lewisincluded the breach of the Trust’sstandards of business conduct
policy and the standing nancialinstructions.
Mr Moberly also hinted thatthere would be a number of changes to the trust’s controls
and management processes.
A spokesman for Surrey
Police conrmed that they have
launched a fraud investigationafter the Trust reported the
matter to Police.
Mr Lewis’ wife, Sue, was
Chief Operating Ofcer andDeputy Chief Executive of the
hospital but resigned from her job on February 8
dismissal of her husband.Peter Dunt, the Trust’sChairman, said the Executive
Board understood and acceptedMs Lewis’s reasons for steppingdown and paid tribute to her
“signicant” contribution to thehospital.
Mr Lewis was unable tobe reached to comment onhis dismissal, but reportedly
told the NHS magazine HealthService Journal that he was
considering taking the Trust to
an employment tribunal.
By Chris Sibthorpe, News Team
Research shows privatisation putUK railways to bottom of league
new research has revealedthat privatisation hasdumped UK railways at thebottom of the league with worseto come under McNulty rail
A report commissionedby rail union RMT from
research organisation Just
Economics has concluded thattwo decades of privatisation,alongside underinvestment ininfrastructure, has placed theUK’s railways as being the lowestquality when compared to mostof Europe, whilst still having
Research shows that on fourout of six key factors — fares,
electrication, high speed and
passengers to seats — the UK
comes last or next to last.
In other parts of Europe facingprivatisation similar to that of the UK, the system is currently 30to 40 per cent cheaper to operate,with predictions of privatisationleading to similar costly disasters
if the plans are to go ahead.
The UK’s railways also carry alarge social and economic cost forboth passengers and the public as
a whole.Calculations show that a
more affordable, comfortable andfaster railway could generate £324billion between now and 2050
(£9.2 billion) — the equivalent of £7 per average journey.
In terms of reducedcongestion, accidents and
emissions, Just Economics
estimate that the social,economic and environmental
benets of shifting the UK from
road to rail could potentially
reach £154.8 billion by 2050.
Report author, Eilis Lawlor
from Just Economics said: “Ourresearch puts gures on what
anyone who has been to Franceor Spain already knows; theUK’s railways are poor value for
money.“Instead of protability being
the primary measure of success,
the wider benets of the railwayneed greater consideration.
Government should act decisivelyand make an objective andtransparent assessment of thebest way to organise Britain’srailways so as to maximise social,environmental and economic
By Jyoti Rambhai, News Editor
n Wednesday 8
February,NUS President Liam Burnsspoke out over the blocking of the appointment of preferredcandidate, Professor Les Ebdon to
the post of Director of Ofce forFair Access.
The block was made by membersof the Business, Innovation and
Skills Select Committee.
The appointment of Mr Ebdon,
openly endorsed by ConservativeUniversities Minister David WilletsMP and Liberal Democrat BusinessSecretary Vince Cable MP, to the
post of director of the OFFA, was
blocked by Conservative members
of the Business, Innovation and
Skills Select Committee (BIS).
In a committee report, theystate that their actions were due toconcerns over his suitability for the
They argue that Mr Ebdon hasa lack of understanding of the rootcauses of the obstacles facing fair
access to university in the UK.
The report recommendedthat the department for BusinessInnovation and Skills begin a new
Mr Ebdon had previously givenevidence to the committee duringwhich he declared that, as directorof the OFFA, he would be preparedto use the ‘nuclear option’ of preventing universities charginghigher fees if they did not meethis criteria for the fair selectionof students from lower income
Mr Ebdon has said that he isstill interested in the role despite
the outcome of the vote.
The National Union of Studentscondemned the move; NUS
President, Liam Burns said: “The
allegation that Professor Ebdon,the respected vice chancellor of a university with huge successof widening participation, lacksadequate knowledge of access
issues is so utterly bizarre and ill-founded that is almost laughable.
“In truth, this has nothing to dowith Professor Ebdon’s experienceof getting those from poorerbackgrounds into university andeverything to do with an old boysnetwork of elite vice-chancellorsthinking that they can pick their
“How are students expected to
have condence in the Ofce for Fair
Access if the proper appointmentsprocess is undermined and thepreferred candidate of ministers isnobbled because university headsfear he might actually use his
powers to hold them to account?”
“After years of OFFA as atoothless watchdog…students’
condence in OFFA fullling its
crucial mission is now at breaking
The issue will now refer back to
David Willets and Vince Cable who
can still insist that Mr Ebdon takes
up the post.
NUS says blocking candidate for director ofOFFA could undermine students’ fair access
By John Kavangh, News Team
NUS favourite for the post of Director of the Ofce of Fair Access, Les Ebdon
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been left scattered.