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Students And Staff At Durham University Complain Of ‘Apathy’ Over Bullying

Students and staff at Durham University complain of ‘apathy’ over bullying

Open letter says situation with Trevelyan College principal is just one example of complacency

Students and staff at the University of Durham have accused management of showing a “culture of apathy” towards bullying and harassment. They said the university’s leaders had allowed “abuses of power, bullying or harassment to continue” and that they no longer trust that the executives value their safety.

The open letter came after the Guardian revealed that a college principal had been allowed to remain in post despite complaints of intimidating behaviour towards colleagues.

Prof Adekunle Adeyeye, the head of Trevelyan College, is alleged to have reduced colleagues to tears and made sexist remarks. Two people had filed formal grievances against him in 16 months and three have departed because of concerns about his manner.

He stepped down from the university’s bullying policy committee after the Guardian approached him in August, but he remains in post as college principal.

The letter, signed by 100 staff, alumni and group leaders representing nearly 8,000 students, said the Adeyeye matter was “just one example of a culture that has been seen time and time again among both staff and students”.

Anya Chuykov, president of the university’s Intersectional Feminism Society, accused management of an “unacceptable” complacency in tackling bullying and misogyny.

“The university should be setting an example at an administrative level,” she said. “Instead, it is showing both students and staff that poor behaviour can be excused and that their safety and concerns are not worthy of attention.

“This is not an isolated incident, and the behaviour of Durham University speaks to the toxic atmosphere that so many students and staff must live with at universities and schools up and down the country. Students and staff must join forces to dismantle this culture of permissiveness towards bullying, harassment and misogyny.”

Durham University said it does not accept any form of prejudice or discrimination on campus and said it condemned any incidents of bullying, harassment or misogyny “in the strongest possible terms”.

It added: “We are always open to hearing directly from students or staff regarding concerns or suggestions, and would welcome the opportunity to meet the organisers of the open letter to understand their experiences as well as the evidence.

“We have recently taken measures to promote openness and transparency on student conduct cases through publicly communicating outcomes and we are working with students to rebuild confidence that that we will listen, investigate promptly and take decisive action.”

Adeyeye was contacted for comment.

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NELFUND gives 12 more institutions access to Student Loan

The Nigerian Education Loan Fund (NELFUND) has added twelve more state government-owned tertiary institutions to its student loan application portal, increasing the total number of participating institutions from 36 to 48.

This significant expansion follows the successful submission and verification of necessary data by these institutions.

Nasir Ayitogo, Head of Media and Public Relations at NELFUND, shared the news in a statement posted on X, highlighting that the total number of outstanding student data submissions now stands at 121 institutions.

During a visit to Osun State’s Governor Ademola Jackson Nurudeen Adeleke, NELFUND Managing Director Akintunde Sawyerr expressed gratitude to those who have already submitted their data. Sawyerr praised the governor for his leadership in facilitating this progress.

NELFUND urges institutions yet to submit their student data to the Student Verification Portal (SVS) to do so promptly, allowing their students to benefit from the loan scheme.

The fund also calls on states with uploaded data to inform their students about the application process, which can alleviate financial struggles for students and ensure steady revenue for the institutions.

Students from the newly onboarded institutions can now apply for the loan at http://nelf.gov.ng.

The new institutions include: Abia State Polytechnic, Benue State University, Makurdi, College of Education, Waka-Biu, University of Medical and Applied Sciences, Enugu State, Aliko Dangote University of Science and Technology, Wudil, Kano State, Kwara Polytechnic, Lagos State University of Science and Technology, Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai, Niger State, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Abraham Adesanya Polytechnic, Taraba State Polytechnic and Yobe State University.

Previously available state-owned institutions include: Adamawa State University, Mubi, Ramat Polytechnic, Maiduguri, Borno State University, Mohammet Lawan College of Agriculture, Borno State, Edo State University, Uzairue, Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti, Gombe State University, Kingsley Ozumba Mbadiwe University, Imo State.

Others are; Imo State University of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, Umuagwo, Nuhu Bamalli Polytechnic, Zaria, Yusuf Maitama Sule University, Kano, Umaru Musa Yar’adua University, Katsina, Katsina State Institute of Technology and Management, Kebbi State University of Science and Technology, Aliero, Confluence University of Science and Technology, Kogi State, Lagos State University of Education, Lagos State University (LASU).

Also included is; Nasarawa State University, Keffi, Tai Solarin University of Education, Ogun State, University of Medical Sciences, Ondo, Osun State University, University of Ilesa, Osun State, GTC, Ara, Osun State, GTC, Gbongan, Osun State, GTC, Ijebu-Jesa, Osun State, GTC, Ile-Ife, Osun State, GTC, Inisa, Osun State, GTC, Iwo, Osun State, GTC, Osu, Osun State, GTC, Otan Ayegbaju, Osun State, Osun State College of Education, Ila-Orangun, Government Technical College, Ile-Ife, Osun State College of Technology, Taraba State University, Jalingo, Umar Suleiman College of Education, Gashua, Yobe State and Zamfara State University, Talata Mafara.

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FUOYE: NASU, SSANU warm up for strike, protest over unpaid salaries

The leadership of the Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities, NASU, and the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, SSANU, of the Federal University Oye-Ekiti, FUOYE, led their members on a peaceful protest at the main entrance of the institution on Tuesday.

The members of the non-teaching staff of the institution are demanding that the Federal Government pay their four months’ withheld salaries.

The aggrieved members carried placards with different inscriptions, such as “NASU/SSANU says no to injustice in the payment of withheld salaries,” “We are not beggars, FG pay our salaries,” and “NASU/SSANU members are not second class citizens,” among others.

Addressing newsmen, the acting chairman of NASU in FUOYE, Comrade Ayeni Abraham, accused the federal government of being insensitive to their plight.

His words: “We are protesting because of our four months of withheld salaries by the federal government. It is so unfortunate that we are still operating at this level. This money we are agitating for is long overdue.

“During the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari in 2022, we were agitating for this money and at that time, our national leadership had been holding a series of meetings with the government to pay us this money.

“The FG played insensitivity to the plight of workers. They refused bluntly to pay our money. When the administration of President Bola Tinubu came, we proceeded with the agitation for our money. It was promise upon promise and MoU upon MoU without any result.

“Today, we were given directives from our national headquarters to carry out this protest to demand payment of four months of arrears on our salaries. Our counterparts from ASUU were paid four months’ arrears of their salaries at the expense of non-teaching staff on campus.

“This is injustice and that is the reason why we are here today to tell the FG to pay our money, to tell FG theat we are suffering and that we are not second-class citizens.

 

“We can no longer bear this hardship again. We are here to register our grievances to FG to kindly pay our four months’ withheld salaries. The money is long overdue and this money is our legitimate right. It is what we have worked for.”

He stated further: “After this protest, our national leadership will be having their own protest in Abuja on Thursday. A day after the protest, they will have a meeting. If the FG is ready to pay our money, all these actions will be suspended, but if the FG fails, probably it may be a total shutdown, we are going to embark on a total shutdown which has no date.”

His counterpart and chairman of SSANU in FUOYE, Faleye Benjamin, said that beyond the four months of withheld salaries, members of the union are battling with the harsh conditions of the economy.

He said: “We are expecting FG to do the needful within a short period of time. We are only using this strategy of protest in order not to embark on strike. We believe strike should be the last option because we still believe very much in this country and that is why we are still agitating.”

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Kwara varsity expels 175 students

Kwara State University, Malete, has expelled 175 students of the institution for various offenses.

A statement by the Acting Director, University Relations, Dr Saeedat Aliyu, said the approval of the expulsion followed the recommendations of the Students’ Disciplinary Committee, SDC, which held sittings between October 2021 and March 2024.

The expelled students were penalized for offences ranging from examination malpractice, theft, using fake results to gain admission, assault, fraud, belonging to unregistered associations and possession of firearms.

The management reiterated its zero-tolerance for all acts of indiscipline, stating that the institution stands firm on producing graduates who are excellent both in character and in learning.

 

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