Oxford clutches to the past

by Stephen Tall on November 28, 2006

For those who’ve been following the ‘Oxford governance reforms’ story, today was the day of the crunch vote.

I trooped along to the Sheldonian Theatre this afternoon late enough to avoid much of the debate – which fell a long way short of any Socratic ideals – to mark my ‘X’ backing the Vice-Chancellor’s attempts to drag my alma mater and employer-at-one-remove kicking and screaming into the modern world. (About which I posted in more detail here.)

He, we, lost. Which is the problem with democracy, really – it throws up some bloody silly decisions. Not sure what happens next…

But if the Vice-Chancellor, Dr John Hood, is considering his options (and I wouldn’t blame him for a moment) he should remember there’s now a vacancy at the BBC.

Here’s some footage of the moment the vote was announced. Unfortunately I got the zoom and on/off buttons confused when the result was read out. Still, it gives a flavour of proceedings.

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5 comments

Alright Stephen

Just staggered onto your website following a link from the Guardian and looked through a few posts. Noticed a mention to David Milliband’s website. I particularly liked his description of the South Shields constituency: “The record books show it is the only constituency in existence since the Great Reform Act of 1832 never to have elected a Conservative MP. “. Pace Mrs Merton, so David, what first attracted you to a constituency that hasn’t returned a Concervative MP since 1832?

by Anonymous on November 29, 2006 at 5:39 pm. Reply #

PS – it’s Ben Roughead by the way – forgot to sign my last post, doh.

by Anonymous on November 29, 2006 at 5:43 pm. Reply #

Golly. Turkeys really DO vote for Christmas…

by Sir Bentley Pauncefoot on November 30, 2006 at 1:56 pm. Reply #

Be interesting to see what Alan Bennett has to say on the issue. I tend to go with his view that Universities should be centres of academic excellence and not executive training centres for big business.

by Ian Thorpe on November 30, 2006 at 6:01 pm. Reply #

Good to hear from you, Ben. Who needs FriendsReunited?

Ian – I’m not sure anyone would disagree with that view! How you attain academic excellence is where the debate gets interesting.

by Stephen Tall on December 2, 2006 at 6:09 pm. Reply #

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