Insourcing at the University of London

The Board of Trustees of the University of London has agreed to the Vice-Chancellor’s proposal to support the principle of insourcing staff. The University will now therefore begin to insource the security staff and cleaners, in consultation with the recognised trade unions and staff representatives. This follows the insourcing of receptionists, porters, postroom and AV staff earlier this year. The Board of Trustees also considered the Estates Maintenance services and agreed that due to the nature of the University’s historic estate and the technical skills required, this service would be contracted to a new supplier.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Wendy Thomson said: "My arrival provides an opportunity for the University to clarify its position. The strength of feeling within the University community, the undertakings that have been given to staff and the financial position shaped my view, together with the potential harm of the boycott to staff and the events organised by the University, and the positions being adopted on this issue by other institutions in the higher education sector.  There are also unplanned costs and inconvenience associated with additional security required to manage in these circumstances. Clearly we need to support insourcing in principle and begin to take practical measures to achieve that where possible."