On August 31, the Draft of the Organic Law of the University System (LOSU) was approved in the Council of Ministers in first reading and, since then, the criticism has not stopped. Despite the fact that the new norm lays the foundations to end the precariousness of the teaching staff and sets four objectives, among which it is worth highlighting access to higher education or guaranteeing good governance of university education, students are not entirely satisfied .
Through the Coordinator of Student Representatives of Public Universities (CREUP) they have shown their total opposition to this draft. From CREUP, two documents have been made public that include, on the one hand, 10 reasons why the LOSU “attacks the student body”, and on the other hand, 30 proposals with the aim of achieving “the University we deserve”.
The text eliminates the student body from the governing bodies and the University Community in the democratic elections to the Rectories and Deanships . In addition, it cuts in rights and guarantees and suppresses student participation outside the classrooms. In addition, for students it is essential to modernize teaching and degrees, betting on Student-Centered Learning and guaranteeing systems of action and continuous improvement of the study plans.
From CREUP they state that “a University that listens to its students must guarantee their rights, reinforce its presence in government bodies and provide sufficient resources”. For this, they demand greater participation of the students in the elaboration of the academic calendars, in addition to a mixed negotiation table formed by rectors, unions and representatives of the student body so that it can be negotiated with the Ministry of Universities. This debate will take place on September 28 so that all agents can make proposals and agree on them.
The objective of the meeting is, as the statement from Universities indicates, “to advance in the construction of common agreements and facilitate debate and dialogue to advance the proposal for a new organic law of the university system.” This appointment will take place within the framework of meetings that the Castells department is developing with the different sectors of the university community and related bodies to continue with the work of dialogue and negotiation on the new LOSU.
This future law incorporates a change in the appointment of rectors , a position reserved to date for professors, as well as deans. A “definition by rank is changed to one by merits”, so that any official may stand as rector as long as he has three six-year research terms, three five-year teaching periods and has held positions in the institution for at least four years.
The Federation of Young Researchers also consider that some provisions of this draft law are insufficient. They demand the drafting of a Research Personnel Statute that clearly defines and also shields the labor rights of the scientific research sector, especially in the postdoctoral stage. FJI-Precarios prepared a series of demands, among which were to increase the stabilization places in universities for research personnel; articulate the requirements of the transfer competitions and increase their number or maintain the contract of the Teaching Assistant Doctor for 5 and not 6 years.
Students have not been the only ones who have raised their voices with this rule. The regional president, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, denounced the “perverse strategy of the central government” of this law. In the opinion of the president, it is “giving way to like-minded groups in decision-making, thereby dynamiting university coexistence.” That is why Ayuso has announced that it will continue to defend and support projects that have excellence and quality in Madrid, whether they are public or private.