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How can some University Senior managers earning huge salaries oppose my humble request for providing full scholarships for students from economically poor families?

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    Suchith Anand
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    Dear colleagues,
     
    I would like to thank all colleagues from universities in the UK who send their moral support for my request to University managements to provide new 100 full scholarships per year at each UK university for  students from economically poor families and first-generation students (first in family to go to university). Your help and support is greatly appreciated. 
    I understand that some senior management colleagues in some UK universities are opposing my request for providing new 100 full scholarships per year at each UK university for  students from economically poor families and first-generation students. 
    According to statistics provided at Child Poverty Action Group , there were4.2 million children living in poverty in the UK in 2021-22. That’s 29 per cent of children, or nine in a classroom of 30.Details athttps://cpag.org.uk/child-poverty/child-poverty-facts-and-figures
    Extreme child poverty in the UK is a humanitarian and ethical crisis. In educational terms, poverty is a significant disadvantage. The link between poverty and poor educational outcomes and wellbeing in the UK has remained stubbornly and depressingly high despite longstanding policy concern at national, local and jurisdictional levels of government. 
    Child poverty, education and the postcode lottery
    https://www.transformingsociety.co.uk/2020/08/19/child-poverty-education
    Access to quality education opportunities is a human right. Universities have a social responsibility. There is an urgent need to scale up the EDI scholarship initiatives by all UK universities.
    How can some University Senior managers who are earning huge salaries (over £100K per year!) oppose my humble request for providing 100 full scholarships for students from economically poor families and first-generation students? 
    What moral authority do these university senior managers have when they continued to increase senior management pay and their investments in vanity projects? At the same time, staff in higher education who have worked hard and generated record income for the sector has only to be rewarded with attacks on their pay, working conditions, and pensions.
    I request the University vice-chancellors and senior management in all UK Universities to please consider my humble request for providing new 100 full scholarships per year at each UK university for  students from economically poor families and first-generation students. 
    If you are working in a UK university and your university doesn’t have a EDI scholarships program, may I request you to be a champion in your university for EDI scholarships initiative. May I request you to kindly share and support the Open Letter that I published requesting EDI scholarships at all UK universities. 
    Please find details of my open letters at
    https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/thank-you-your-support-edi-scholarships-i
    https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/open-letter-requesting-edi-scholarships-a
    I request your kind support for my request for providing new 100 full scholarships per year at each UK university for  students from economically poor families and first-generation students. 
    I am very grateful to all amazing colleagues from around the world working for making education opportunities for all. 
    I look forward to working with all UK universities to increase education opportunities for all students.  
    Best wishes
    Suchith
    Dr Suchith Anand
    Senior Adviser to Governments and International Organisations | Scientist | Board member | Governance | Policy | Consultant in Data Science and Data Ethics | Global Citizen | SDG Volunteer and Advocate
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