University College London head denies fall in standards

University College London’s top administrator has dismissed suggestions of declining standards after academics overwhelmingly backed a vote of no-confidence in its governance, writes Robin Wright for The Financial Times.

Michael Arthur, provost of University College London (UCL), said he would try to “improve things” with the disaffected academics, but insisted standards were rising. “If their concerns were backed up by any evidence of a nature that would concern the institutional leader, of course one would be worried,” he said. “But that simply isn’t the case.”

Last week, UCL academics voted overwhelmingly to back a motion of no-confidence in how the institution is run. The vote came one day after The Financial Times revealed that a formal investigation had been opened into whether recent decisions by the college’s leadership had breached the institution’s rules.
Full report on The Financial Times site