Students at the University of Hong Kong have rallied behind lecturers in their protest against a proposed management shake-up giving more power to the vice-chancellor. Students claim they will have less say when the streamlining reforms are pushed through. The students' union said it shared lecturers' concerns that proposed management reforms would concentrate power and turn the vice-chancellor's job into a 'dictatorship'. Vice-Chancellor Cheng Yiu-chung will be given wider-ranging powers under the reforms, including more authority over other administrators, making the university more executive-led. Students' union vice-president David Ng Ka-shun said they were angry about being kept in the dark over just how the reforms would be carried out. 'We don't know when the reforms will start,' he said. 'We only know the Senate has passed the reforms. 'We want to get more details . . . we should be told the details because we are part of the university.' Mr Ng said students were particularly concerned that the number of advisory committees would be cut. 'We now have representatives on about 30 committees giving advice in areas such as library, catering services and student halls,' he said. 'We don't know how many committees or which committees will be cut.' Mr Ng said students were worried they would lose their say in school policy when the committees were disbanded. Under the reforms, committees will only make policy and will no longer have any say in how executives implement the decisions. Professor Cheng has defended the changes, saying they are needed to make the university more efficient and publicly accountable.