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Union responds to report into Hull College and calls on CEO to resign

13 February 2017

The University and College Union has today (Monday) responded to a recent report from the Further Education Commission that exposes ongoing problems at Hull College by calling on the CEO to stand down.

At extraordinary staff meetings held at the college today the Chair of Governors Pat Tomlinson was vague about CEO Gary Warke's position at the college.

UCU regional official Julie Kelley said: 'Staff at Hull College have been concerned about leadership failings at the college for some time and following the recent damning report from the Further Education Commissioner, we feel the time has come for Mr Warke to stand down, enabling a new management team to start the process of recovery and focusing on supporting the hardworking and dedicated staff who teach and support students.

'We hope that the serious problem of poor leadership and vision will be properly addressed and that Mr Warke will not be rewarded with a generous severance package should he leave.  Hundreds of jobs have been lost at the college through redundancies already and the time has now come for the college to allow staff to focus on students without having to worry about the college's future.'