Manchester United have denied spying on student protesters after it emerged that their Twitter accounts had been personally monitored by the vice-chancellor.
Evidence from students suggests that Dame Nancy Rothwell, It has faced a wave of criticism for dealing with the corona virus epidemic., Discussing his tweets and concerns that his ڈالر 253,000 annual dismissal campaign is gaining momentum.
It has also come to light that the UniSecurity boss tracked down individual students through CCTV during protests over rents and fees and sent ‘reports’ to senior management.
In a statement, a university spokesman said it should come as no surprise that senior management discussed the students because they were “workers”, adding: “We strongly reject any suggestion that we Have been spying on individual students. “
Ben McGowan, who is about to start his second year of political and sociology studies, is one of the activists who submitted a ‘subject access request’ to the University of Manchester.
He asked for details of any email sent by Dame Rothwell or his management and security team that contained his full name.
He was able to successfully request information under the GDPR legislation, which gives people the right to access any ‘personal data’ that an organization holds.
In response, Ben found that he had been interviewed dozens of times by the university’s senior management, security boss and press office during the 2020-21 academic year.
In an email, Dame Rothwell wrote to senior staff including Patrick Hackett, Registrar, Luke Giorgio, Deputy Vice Chancellor and Claire Brown, Director of Communications: (Ben McGowan Tab Article …) “
It was the culmination of a campaign by students demanding the resignation of Dame Rothwell in the wake of a tumultuous year at the university.
The students complained that when the corona virus spreads rapidly on campus and they do not get the teaching experience despite paying a full fee of more than Rs 9,000, they did not get much help.
There have also been several high-profile incidents in Fellowfield, including the wrong decision to erect metal fences around residences and the alleged racial profiling of a black student by security guards.
Dame Ruthwell was later forced to apologize for the incident after falsely claiming in a BBC interview that she was in personal contact with the alleged victim.
In March, Manchester University students cast a historic vote calling for a change of leadership, with 89% expressing no confidence in Dame Rothwell and his team.
Despite the results, the university’s board of governors said it maintained “complete confidence” in the leadership team.
At the time, 19-year-old Ben wrote an article in the language for the student newspaper The Tab, entitled ’10 Things Are More Popular Than Nancy Ruthwell ‘
His article also caught the attention of Dame Ruthwell, who emailed her entire management team a link to the story, which included “Ben McGowan Again.”
On another occasion, the vice-chancellor appeared unhappy that Ben did not thank the university enough for the 30% fare discount offered, writing: “I see our latest conversation on mental health on Twitter. Not well received.Criticism led by Ben McGowan (who is particularly silent on the latest fare reductions).
Other figures provided by Uni about Ben include an excerpt from a ‘security report’ emailed last November. During a student takeover of Owens Park Tower in Fellowfield last November: “17:39 pm – CCTV footage shows a key occupant leaving the tower. Ben McGowan walks toward Oak House and enters a Chestnut Court flat.”
Another ‘security report’ from May this year was sent by the security team to the university’s ‘registrar and others’: “23:20 when the police proceeded from the square … There were victims, and the police. “
Three other student workers have also been found to be under surveillance.
Matthew Shannon and Easy Smithman found evidence that details of their social media accounts were shared between Uni’s security team or discussed by Dame Rothwell.
And student Lucy Nicole discovered that the vice chancellor had emailed her senior management team to make sure she knew she was speaking on a program to demilitarize the university.
Further details on how management or security responded to these emails were not included in the data provided.
“I think it’s really weird that a vice chancellor, with over 40,000 students at 250,000 annually, [to look after] Ben is personally obsessed with half a dozen students.
“I think it’s very unprofessional for someone in this position to send an email to their entire student management team.”
“Surely he has more to do with his time?
“It’s a complete waste of time – his priorities are things that don’t really matter.”
The University of Manchester has recently confirmed that it intends to continue ‘co-education’ for students in the next academic year.
This means that many lectures will be online and the amount of face-to-face teaching will be reduced.
Tuition fees will remain the same and the decision. A petition has been filed by more than 8,000 students.
The University of Manchester says:
A Manchester University spokesman said: “The individual students mentioned in the application for access to the subject were prominent ‘workers’ of the university and so it should come as no surprise that members of the senior leadership team are familiar with them. Were
“It is quite normal for different departments and teams to work together, informing each other about activities that affect campus life. The safety and well-being of our students, especially on campus. I, for the university, should always be the first priority.
“This type of cooperative working in all departments for security and safety reasons is not uncommon for any organization, especially given the size and scope of our university.
With regard to Twitter monitoring, we will report that several students involved in the UOM rent strike strike were tagging the official Twitter handle of the university in their individual tweets, some tweets asking university questions and retweeting a number. The UoM Rent Strike Campaign
“The activity flowing from individual accounts was therefore fully visible and in the public domain.
“We strongly reject any suggestion that we are spying on individual students.”
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