It is felt by many people who are going to be affected by these proposals as well as other interested people that the placement and length of the consultation period is inadequate. It is currently placed other the Summer Break which makes it difficult for undergraduate students to be properly consulted. For this reason we are formally asking for the university to extend the consultation period and we have created a petition which we ask you to sign. Whilst this is not a petition directly against the recommendations of the review if it is successful it will allow us to more fully critique and oppose the proposed changes.
The text of the petition reads:
“We, the undersigned, believe that whilst the review and consultation process of the proposed Institute of Archaeology and Antiquity (IAA) merger with the School of History & Cultures is in keeping with the rules and regulations of the university, it is still of an unsatisfactory standard for the students of both schools involved. The 90-day consultation has been started at a time when many students have already returned home for the summer break, and the commencement of the consultation was not announced to all implicated students until after lobbying by student representatives. The consultation is due to end before the start of the 2012/13 academic year, and as such will come to an end before undergraduate students return to the university.
We therefore formally request that the consultation be extended to Week 4 of the 2012/13 academic year. This will not only enable all students of both the IAA and School of History & Cultures to be fully consulted, but it will give the student representatives the time they need to effectively carry out their duties.
This is not a petition against the proposals of the review, but rather a petition to ensure fair and transparent consultation for students at the University of Birmingham.”