Request for Information

Further to my reply to you today I point out the following:

1) Section I of the Charter of the University of Wales states that there shall be a University in and for Wales. It follows that all members of staff must be fluent in the Welsh language. Appointments must be made under the scrutiny of the People of Wales, its Supreme Authority. All candidates must be named, and the reasons for the appointments made publicly available.
2) Section Vb states that the University must prescribe the designation of degrees.
3) Graduates are members of the University by Charter.
4) Section 4.3 of the regulations concerning the Scientiae Doctor shows that it is granted for substantial contributions to knowledge. Clearly, it is meant to be granted to staff members. The degree is examined by a committee made up of the Pro Vice Chancellor and two Senate Members, who consult at least two referees, sometimes three. The latter must submit substantial and independent reports on the scope, quality, originality and distinctivenss of the work. The candidate must be an acknowledged expert in the field. The referees’ reports must be lodged in the University archives, the candidate may be called for interview.

I requested this information from the Registrar at Aberystwyth, and the University Registrar at Cardiff. I received no reply, in breach of law, the Freedom of Information Act of 2000, so the Visitor may demand that this material be given to me. My D. Sc. Thesis is in the National Library of Wales, and I was awarded it outright without interview for exceptional merit at the youngest recorded age in all the countries that award the degree. Why should the University of Wales try to cover up these facts? The Scientiae Doctor implies that the University must award tenure and salary. Otherwise it is in breach of its own regulations, notably Section Vb, where the designation of the degree is clearly defined as substantial contributions to knowledge. Nearly all universities demand that the degree be awarded only to tenured staff members, usually full professors in mid or late career.
I argue that to award this degree, and then to try to deny tenure for thirty three years, and also to refuse to communicate, is a clear breach of Charter. A High Court Judge consulted by the Visitor may rule that the University of Wales must award me tenure and back salary since 1978. The Scientiae Doctor was first awarded by the University of London in 1860, and is a distinction higher than full professor in all universities. To award it and then deny tenure is a breach of Charter. The University is unable to judge merit, and makes appointments in secret, it refuses to give the reasons for these appointments. Lastly I was appointed to the Civil List by the Prime Minister and Parliament in 2005 for distinguished contributions to Britain in science. This is also a high honour. There was no secrecy about this procedure, and again it shows that the University of Wales must award tenure. Otherwise it does not recognize even the highest merit in fluent Welsh speakers and members of the University. That is in breach of the spirit and letter of the Charter. All this points towards the urgent need for sweeping reforms of the University.

cc Welsh Government

In a message dated 28/09/2011 09:53:20 GMT Daylight Time, writes:

Dear Professor Evans,

I refer to your emails below.

I am afraid that neither the Privy Council nor the Visitor is able to assist you in this matter. As you know, changes to the Visitor’s jurisdiction were made by the Higher Education Act 2004. Although the post of Visitor remains, the Visitor’s jurisdiction was abolished where it related to (a) student complaints and (b) employment disputes relating to academic staff.

The Visitor still retains the power to adjudicate on issues relating to the interpretation and application of the institution’s Charter, Statutes, Ordinances etc, provided the point at issue is neither a student complaint nor an employment dispute.

Yours sincerely

Ceri King

Ceri King

Head of Secretariat & Senior Clerk

Privy Council Office

2 Carlton Gardens

London SW1Y 5AA

020 7747 5300

From: []
Sent: 26 September 2011 09:27
To: Newell Margaret – Privy Council Office –
Subject: Fwd: Request for Information

I can confirm that the request for information has been sent to the Information Commissioner, but I think that there are irregularities that should be investigated by the Privy Council in its capacity of Visitor to the University of Wales. If the University refuses to reply, as it has done many times in the past, the Visitor may wish to investigate and the Commissioner may oblige it to supply information that it has withheld for many years. The Privy Council has investigated my case before. I think that I have been excluded from the University in an irregular manner for a span of thirty three years.


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