Make Oxford University's Professor of Poetry election more democratic.
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This year saw the most recent Professor for Poetry elections at Oxford University, in which Simon Armitage beat Wole Soyinka to the post. However, the election and its aftermath have seen a series of concerns that Oxford’s current electoral processes fail to meet proper democratic standards. The Professor for Poetry’s main role is delivering lectures to students, meaning that they are the main beneficiaries of the post. Yet students are not given a vote by the University, meaning that one of the main stakeholders in the post gets no say in the election. We believe that this is wrong, and that if Oxford is to demonstrate its desire to fully represent its students, the system needs to change. Wole Soyinka received the backing of OUSU (Oxford’s Student Union) and captured the greatest regard among interested students. It therefore seems unjust that students were deprived of the chance to elect a truly outstanding poet, and a truly outstanding lecturer. The Professor for Poetry electoral process will soon be reviewed. We encourage all readers to sign this petition, urging reform. The University of Oxford must listen to the voice of students in the future. It must allow the Professor of Poetry election to become a truly democratic process, in which all constituencies of the university are involved.
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