General Observations and Reform Movement in Wales

To Office of Visitor:

From feedback software to today I can see the Registry in Cardiff looking at my site, but at the same time it does not respond to requests for information. Therefore it has no credibility inside Wales or in the wider world. It accredits numerous courses in non University institutions which are not even in Wales! The University of Wales has been cut up into segments of international insignificance, and 95% of its staff and students have no ability in the Welsh language. Withholding information is illegal, it is contrary to the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Why should a publicly funded institution withhold information as to how its appointments are made? In my experience the award of tenure within the University is arbitrary, with the result that power is concentrated in the hands of a few individuals such as heads of department, who are in turn appointed to tenure without competition. In my case not only do I hold the Scientia Doctor, but I am also a sometime SERC Advanced Fellow, graded top of my year in chemistry by the Government, and now a Civil List Pensioner, the only one in Wales. In my case the concept of tenure was used by the University of Wales at Aberystwyth to negate the intention of the British Government, and to waste the Government’s funding deliberately. The details of what actually happened are on my blog on and in historical source documents on this site. There are two witness letters to appalling conditions and severe harassment from 1978 to 1983.
So the University is a collection of individuals who do what they like, and who are appointed by a secretive process. The University does not give any information on how these appointments are made.
These are disturbing, long drawn out, abuses and an enquiry is in order. The Office of Visitor is meaningless if it cannot or will not do anything about these abuses. There can be no confidence in a system that goes against the British Government arbitrarily, and allows blatant injustice to be perpetuated. Accordingly, sweeping reforms of the University of Wales are necessary, and I hereby advise the Welsh Government of this need as the most senior Scientiae Doctor of the University of Wales, and as a member of the University.
Finally my own institute, the AIAS is number one in the world in terms of immediate impact, which we measure objectively using feedback software. All my appointments were made in open competition, without secrecy. Reforms must make sure that merit is recognized and awarded. At present this is not the case.

Myron Evans

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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