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Students' Union Statement on HRH The Duke of York

Thursday 21-11-2019 - 13:57
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The Officer Team has had discussions with the Vice Chancellor of the University over the last two days, to take forward the motion “Lobby Prince Andrew to resign as University Chancellor”, as decided by the Student Panel on Monday 20 November. There was a plan in place to meet formally on 25 November to share an open letter written by the Officers, asking the University to take relevant steps, as actions taken by The Duke of York do not uphold the standards expected by our students.

 

However, the recent announcement by the Palace, that The Duke would take a step back from royal duties, has resulted in a change to these plans. This morning, we’ve received confirmation from the University that The Duke has stepped down from his position with immediate effect to allow the University to appoint a new Chancellor. We know that students will welcome this decision, and the Students’ Union would like to offer our sympathy to the victims of Epstein and all those affected by sexual abuse across the world.

 

We can also confirm that the Students’ Union will be coordinating a process to appoint a new Chancellor and are delighted that the University has taken the decision to put students at the forefront of the process; we’ll be releasing more information about this at our AGM on Tuesday 26 November.

 

We look forward to welcoming a new Chancellor who puts students’ values at the heart of everything they do.

 

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