Staff at the University of Hong Kong who participated in surveys on their vice-chancellor's performance have given him the thumbs-down as the university's council prepares to make its decision on his reappointment. HKU's council is due to decide in two weeks' time whether Tsui Lap-chee should be reappointed. His contract, which started in 2002, runs until the end of August next year. Staff have been asked to express their views to a working group before Tuesday. According to the academic staff association, more than half - 51.6 per cent - of 128 members who responded to the survey considered the overall performance of Professor Tsui poor. Staff were asked to assess the vice-chancellor in 13 categories including teaching, research, reforms and coping with budget cuts. Nearly 66 per cent said he had failed to add value to teaching, 53.6 per cent said he had not contributed to research. More than half disagreed with reforms of university governance and human resources management systems. However, 63.5 per cent said the vice-chancellor was successful in raising funds and more than 56 per cent backed expansion of the HKU campus. A staff member wrote: 'In the area of research, the VC hardly showed any leadership in the past four years ... the money is being equally shared between 21 research themes ... there is hardly adequate funding in any one theme to make an impact.' The academic added: 'The council must be aware of the seriousness of the problems ... when making the decision.' The Hong Kong University Employees' Union, which represents both academic and non-academic staff, found that 68 per cent of 66 members who responded to its survey rated the overall performance of Professor Tsui in the three lowest grades on a six-point scale. All but one of seven aspects of performance - the campus expansion - have been poorly graded - 85 per cent of those questioned said they disagreed with the reform of human resources management, and 79 per cent said Professor Tsui did not amend policies in accordance with staff views. Union vice-chairman Felix Ng Kwok-yan said members' comments about the vice-chancellor were 'not too positive', although he said the union had yet to receive opposition to the reappointment. 'The staff is particularly dissatisfied with the human resources management reform, not because of the [pending] introduction of an annual performance review but that we aren't clear how we'll be assessed,' Mr Ng said. He attributed the few survey responses to the short notice given by the administration.