Last year, we launched a review into two events during the 2019-20 academic year. Our Registrar and Secretary, Bryn Morris, updates us on the progress of the review.

The review of two events during the 2019-20 academic year continues, having been delayed for a number of reasons. The two issues under review are:

  • the cancellation of the Centre for Criminology seminar on Trans Rights, Imprisonment and the Criminal Justice System, scheduled to take place on 5 December 2019; and
  • the arrangements for speaker invitations to the Holocaust Memorial Week event on the state of Antisemitism Today, scheduled for 30 January 2020.

A reviewer has been appointed, following approval from an internal panel. Akua Reindorf, a barrister from Cloisters Chambers, will be undertaking the work, which is expected to conclude by the end of the calendar year 2020.

The University community is invited to contribute comment, insight and testimony into the circumstances surrounding these events using confidential communication mechanisms. This feedback may be submitted anonymously.

Two secure mechanisms have been set up to allow members of staff and students to share feedback on the circumstances of the management and cancellation of these two events:

Email feedback may be sent directly to Akua Reindorf, using a dedicated email address, external to the University:

Hard copy
Hard copy, written feedback may also be sent to the external reviewer, care of the Office of the Vice-Chancellor (OVC). Should this route be selected, two envelopes should be used. The sender should seal their testimony in a blank envelope and place this inside a second, outer envelope addressed to ‘External event reviewer, c/o the Office of the Vice-Chancellor’. The testimony included in the sealed, internal envelope will remain secure and will be posted by staff in the OVC, using special delivery, directly to Akua Reindorf.

All feedback will be kept confidentially, and the names of identifiable contributors or others named not disclosed, unless required to do so by law.

Anyone who wishes to submit feedback is encouraged to do so using these two methods by 17 September 2020.