Conflict on Future

first_imgOxford University could soon be in serious conflict with the colleges over its future. University authorities are planning radical changes to ensure that Oxford’s status as a world-class institution is secure. Part of the plan is to make the University run more like an efficient business. Several policies suggest that Oxford is keen to keep up with its rivals, particularly the leading American universities, by centralising the administration system. In practical terms, authority will move away from colleges to the central University offices. The change is likely to cause friction between the University and the colleges, which all have a proud tradition of independence and are expected to fight attempts at change. Pro-Vice-Chancellor Bill Macmillan’s plans for the next 16 years include a policy to expand the number of graduates by 1.9% each year. Admitting more graduates to the university is often a lucrative means of fund raising, especially if the University’s reputation continues to secure the attention of overseas students. It remains to be seen if the it will consult all its students before adopting such a radical approach, and, if the changes are controversial, what action the student body will take. The University and various colleges declined to comment.ARCHIVE: 2nd week TT 2004last_img