The ongoing YUSU governance review has sparked an often ill-tempered debate on the future of college-union relations.
Some chairs have argued strongly that colleges are being short changed by union “middle-men” and denied the funds and autonomy they need to run effectively. While it can be tempting to argue for more localised decision making, it is hard to imagine a federation of colleges working effectively. Few volunteer committees have the professionalism to carry out extensive functions, to say nothing of the doubling up of costs.
Rather than wrangling over slices of a small pie, colleges and the Union should work together to try and increase its overall size for the benefits of all students.