Glasgow University is proposing to close its campus at Crichton in Dumfries and Galloway. This campus has been really important in widening access to higher education, particularly amongst mature women. All its students have or are really enjoying the experience and feel really good about what it has done for them. There is overwhelming support from the local community and massive anger at the proposed closure. Crichton apparently has a deficit of £800,000 per year. However, Glasgow University had a surplus of £2 million this year and the principal, Sir Muir Russell, has just awarded himself a massive increase. Crichton was also not properly funded from the start and lacks some of the facilities that other campuses make money out of.
Most important, universities should not be about money and making a profit. Universities should be about education and research, about opening up opportunities and changing lives. Crichton is doing this - opening up opportunities for people, changing their lives and being a focus and source of pride to the local community and hopes to continue to do so.
Email or phone the principal of University of Glasgow about Crichton as many times as you can over the 24 hour period from 9am on Thursday 1 to 9am on Friday 2 . Emails can be as short or as long as you like e.g. 'Save Crichton', 'We love Crichton' or a detailed discussion of all the arguments. The idea is both to make the principal aware of the extent of concern about Crichton and to cause some disruption. Challenge him on why he is not taking responsibility for Crichton and how he has the gall to award himself a massive pay rise a the same time as planning to close Crichton, but keep it polite.
Tel: 0141 330 5995
Fax: 0141 330 4947
BBC News , 14 Feb 2007: Glasgow stops Crichton admissions