Victory

Keep Victoria in Victoria University of Wellington's name.

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In a draft decision dropped at 7:37pm on Friday 27 July, the University Council of Victoria University of Wellington have agreed to "simplify" the name of the university to University of Wellington, removing the word Victoria.

You can read the university's announcement and find out how to provide feedback directly to the university here: https://www.victoria.ac.nz/about/victorias-story/name-simplification

Despite the university's website claiming "strong support" for removing Victoria from the university's legal name, they have provided little evidence to back this up beyond Wellington's Mayor, VUWSA, and the Victoria University Foundation, and consultation on the proposal has not been well promoted with alumni, or evidently with current students.

With feedback on the draft decision needing to be provided to the university by 27 August, and part of the legal requirement for changing their name to be approved by the Minister of Education being that the University Council must show demonstrable support for the name change, this petition is part of an effort to demonstrate that the proposal to remove Victoria from the legal name of the university does not have the required support to proceed.

Please note that this petition is only about keeping the legal name of the university as Victoria University of Wellington, and is not taking a position on the proposal to change the Māori name for the university

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