Manchester University students demand vice-chancellor step down over Covid failures

No-confidence vote in Nancy Rothwell could trigger vote from board of governors if successful

Students at Manchester University have launched a revolt against their vice-chancellor over the university’s mishandling of the coronavirus pandemic and have demanded she step down over her “complete failure of management”.

The Manchester students’ union will hold a vote of no-confidence in vice-chancellor Nancy Rothwell, the first time in its nearly 200-year history such a motion has been triggered.

When asked by students about what would happen in the event of a vote of no confidence, Rothwell said: “That would be reported to our board of governors and they would make a decision as to whether they would take any actions on that basis.”

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