Appeal – Save Sheila Rowbotham

Professor Sheila Rowbotham has been told that her contract is not going to be renewed at the end of this year. The University of Manchester is forcing her to retire on the grounds that they cannot afford to pay her salary (she only wants a third of her current salary to continue teaching). The University are currently paying Martin Amis £80,000 for 28 hours…..A YEAR. Sheila is an immense asset to our University and WE CANNOT AFFORD TO LOSE HER.

Sheila was an integral part of many of the movements she teaches about, proving that her age is not a hindrance but that her experience and extensive knowledge make her teaching come alive.
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If you have been taught by or influenced by Sheila in any way, please email the topshotters with whom this decision rests and FORCE THEM TO RECONSIDER THEIR POSITION. It doesn’t matter how big or small the influence, or long or short the email, just let them know you strongly disagree with this forced retirement.
please email

Head of Social Sciences (professor)

Dean of Humanities (professor)

President and Vice Chancellor (professor)

Please c.c your letter of support to 
Write soon as the decision will be taken after the easter break.

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