Thursday, 25 October 2007

Universities told how to use Christianity to sack staff

(Ed: This, apparently from the TES, might qualify as 'tendentious headline of the year'. Christian Today runs it under 'Faith-based universities told to clarify 'Christian ethos' to employees.')

Universities with Church of England foundations have been told to emphasise their Christian credentials to make it easier to dismiss staff who don’t share those values, reports The Times Higher Education Supplement.

Universities have been advised by the Council of Church Colleges and Universities (CCCU) to mention their 'Christian ethos' in employment contracts so that staff who “openly flout” their ideals can be said to be in breach of contract.

Senior staff, chaplains and teachers of theology are most likely to be affected.

The news follows concerns already raised by The Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), which has called for significant changes in employment policy relating to faith schools, which allows church schools in particular to discriminate on the basis of faith.

It also follows hot debate earlier this year after two universities with Church of England foundations asked staff, in their articles of governance, not to undermine their Christian ethos. Read more
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