We request that you resign from your position as Vice-Chancellor of Aberystwyth University with immediate effect.

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We request that you resign from your position as Vice-Chancellor of Aberystwyth University with immediate effect.

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Students and Staff started this petition to April McMahon (Vice-Chancellor, Aberystwyth University) and

Since her arrival in 2011, April McMahon and her senior team have presided over a dramatic fall in grace for Aberystwyth University. The University's place for 'Student Experience' has fallen in the Times from 8th to 47th between 2011 and 2013. In the Guardian University League Table it dropped from 50th in 2011 to 88th in 2013 - and now 106th place for 2015, only ten places from the bottom. In the Complete University Guide it dropped from 49th to 70th in the same period, now at 87th place for 2015. Furthermore, applications to the university, according to the Cambrian News, have fallen by almost 25%. 

Staff work in what they often describe as a 'culture of fear'. Students came to Aberystwyth when it was a top 50 University and will leave with a degree from an institution flailing at the bottom of the league tables. 

Yet April McMahon has awarded herself a 9.57% pay rise, in comparison with the 1% 'awarded' staff - not even in line with inflation. Her pay, according to the Cambrian News, is now in line with that of Barack Obama, and almost double David Cameron's annual salary. 

A consortium of staff and students has started this petition, because we feel the sad loss of your concerns and signatures with the closure of the last one. We must remain anonymous, which in itself is indicative of the need for the petition. But we represent staff who fear for their jobs and students who worry that their degrees are becoming devalued in an increasingly competitive job market. This petition will not close until April McMahon has resigned as Vice-Chancellor of Aberystwyth University. This is the only 'victory' we will accept. 

Aberystwyth is a wonderful town and it deserves a successful, honest institution: let's reclaim our University. 

Test of Democracy is a site where staff and students can anonymously post experiences of working/ studying at Aberystwyth University: http://www.testofdemocracy.tumblr.com/ 

Comments and concerns from the previous closed petition can be found here: http://testofdemocracy.tumblr.com/post/82485479293/why-is-this-petition-important-to-you

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