London Metropolitan University in talks to privatise support services Website URL : 15 August 2012 Responding to the news that London Metropolitan University (LMU) is in talks to privatise its support services UCU today warned universities against putting their reputations at risk by entering into partnerships with private firms. The union said the disastrous handling of Olympic security by G4s highlighted the dangers of outsourcing services to for-profit companies. Today's news comes just months after the University Sussex announced plans to transfer 235 staff (more than 10% of its workforce) onto private contractors, as part of a deal that will see the university's catering, estates and facilities and management departments privatised. UCU general secretary, Sally Hunt, said: 'Private companies may seem like an attractive option in the current funding environment.
London Metropolitan University's visa licence revoked 30 August 2012Last updated at 13:16 ET Emmanuel Egwu, student: "People are panicking. What is going to happen now?" More than 2,000 students potentially face removal after a university had its licence to teach and recruit students from outside the EU revoked. The UK Border Agency (UKBA) says student attendance at London Metropolitan University is not being monitored and that many have no right to be here. As a result, the university will no longer be allowed to authorise visas. The university said it would be challenging UKBA's claims. A task force has been set up to help students affected by the decision which means some 2,000 overseas non-EU students will have to find an alternative institution to sponsor them or they will be told that they will be removed from the UK. The government says it wants to assess how many students will be successfully reallocated to alternative institutions before the UKBA sends out notices giving them 60 days to leave. 'Panic and heartbreak' Analysis
'One strike and you're out' sends a damaging message to the world The UKBA's revocation of London Met's licence to accept non-EU students is detrimental to our global reputation, says Eric Thomas It's transformed people's perceptions of the country," said the double-amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius of the support he and his fellow Paralympic athletes had enjoyed in London, a few moments after smashing the T44 200m world record last Saturday. Just a few miles west, on the Holloway Road, perceptions were also being changed, and not for the better. In the middle of the Olympic and Paralympic period, with the UK on show as a diverse and welcoming country, the decision by the UK Border Agency to revoke London Metropolitan University's licence to recruit and teach international students has sent an extremely damaging message to the world. The decision is particularly frustrating since I know how hard universities have worked to adapt to the frequently changing requirements of the immigration system. For instance, what is attendance monitoring?
Privatisation nightmare looms at London Metropolitan University|25Aug12 Workers picketing London Metropolitan University during a strike in 2009 (Pic: Guy Smallman) London Metropolitan University looks set to become the first British university taken over by a private company, reports have indicated. Our management, over the last year, has gone out of its way to tout our university services to the private sector—everything except teaching, research and the vice chancellor’s office. They are pushing a so-called “shared service” model, and are at pains to deny it is either outsourcing or privatisation. Bosses argue that “the shared-service facility will be 100 percent owned by London Met”. Management’s emphasis on a “shared service” is key. The bidding for a £74 million contract to run IT, libraries, student services, consultancy and careers advice is now taking place. The costs of shared service models could easily leave the university in a far more vulnerable financial position. Model
Timeline: London Metropolitan University • 2001: The University of North London, soon to merge with London Guildhall University to become London Metropolitan University, is found to have a student dropout rate of 41% – the worst in the UK. London Guildhall has a dropout rate of 30% • 2001: Applications to London Guildhall fall by almost 10% and to North London by 7.4% • 2002: London Guildhall attempts to claw back £6m in unpaid tuition fees from students • 2002: London Guildhall and North London, both more than 100 years old, merge to form London Metropolitan University • 2004: The merger is acrimonious and a legal battle starts over contracts introduced to staff who were previously at London Guildhall. • 2005: Lecturers go on a week-long strike ballot over the contracts. • 2005: Students at London Met are forced to wait three months or more for their degree results as the dispute between lecturers and management continues • July 2008: London Met is found to have misreported data on student dropouts for three years.
Wipro Wipro Limited (formerly Western India Products Limited) is a multinational IT Consulting and System Integration services company headquartered in Bangalore, Karnataka, India. As of December 2013, the company has 147,000 employees servicing over 900 large enterprise corporations with a presence in 61 countries. Wipro is the third largest IT services company in India and 7th largest worldwide  On 31 March 2013, its market capitalisation was 1.07 trillion ($19.8 billion), making it India's 10th largest publicly traded company. Azim Premji is a major shareholder in Wipro with over 50% of shareholding. To focus on core IT Business, it demerged its non-IT businesses into a separate company named Wipro Enterprises Limited with effect from 31 March 2013. The demerged company offers consumer care, lighting, healthcare and infrastructure engineering and contributed to approx. 10% of the revenues of Wipro Limited in previous financial year. History Wipro Ltd.
Capita Group Capita plc (LSE: CPI), commonly known as Capita, is an international business process outsourcing and professional services company headquartered in London, United Kingdom. It is the largest business process outsourcing and professional services company in the UK, with an overall market share of 27% in 2009, and has clients in central government, local government and the private sector. It also has a property and infrastructure consultancy division which is the fourth largest multidisciplinary consultancy in the UK. Roughly half of its turnover comes from the private sector and half from the public sector. Whilst UK focussed, Capita also have operations across Europe, Africa and Asia. Capita is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index. History Capita was formed in 1984 as a division of the non-profit CIPFA (Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy). Operations Education services Partnerships Groupcall
Rod Aldridge Sir Rodney Malcolm Aldridge OBE, FRSA (born 7 November 1947) is the Founder and former Executive Chairman of Capita, a British company specialising in business process outsourcing, and currently Chairman of The Aldridge Foundation, which encourages young people to create their own social change, using an entrepreneurial mindset, and is the sponsor of three Academies in Darwen, Brighton and Portslade. Present work Background Aldridge founded and led the Capita Group from its formation in 1984 until 2006. Aldridge is a patron and former trustee of The Prince's Trust and was the Chairman of the Confederation of British Industry’s (CBI) public services strategy board at its inception in 2003 through to July 2006. Recognition Aldridge was elected fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2006. References External links
Azim Premji Azim Hashim Premji (born 24 July 1945) is an Indian business tycoon and philanthropist who is the chairman of Wipro Limited, guiding the company through four decades of diversification and growth to emerge as one of the Indian leaders in the software industry. According to Forbes, he is currently the fourth wealthiest Indian, and the 61st richest in the world, with a personal wealth of $15.3 billion in 2014. In 2000, he was voted among the 20 most powerful men in the world by Asiaweek. He has twice been listed among the 100 most influential people by TIME Magazine, once in 2004 and more recently in 2011. Premji owns 75% percent of Wipro and also owns a private equity fund, PremjiInvest, which manages his $1 billion personal portfolio. Career In 1967 on the news of his father's death, the then 21 year old Premji returned home from Stanford University, where he was studying engineering, to take charge of Wipro. Personal life Philanthropy The Giving Pledge
BT: broadband, TV, phone, home & business London Metropolitan University to outsource most services to private firm A London university has drawn up an ambitious outsourcing programme in which a swath of services, from managing its estates to marketing and finance, will be carried out by a private firm. London Metropolitan University, which has more than 16,000 undergraduate students, has produced a tendering document under which all services except teaching and the vice-chancellor's office will be outsourced. The contract is valued at £74m over five years, according to the Exaro News website. The services include IT, library facilities and student services, such as counselling and careers advice. Three companies – Wipro, BT Global Services and Capita – are on the university's current shortlist. A spokesman for London Met said it will pay a fee to any company brought in to manage services, which will have "zero ownership" of the university. "If London Met decides to set up a subsidiary company, it will be 100%-owned by the university.