Students at the Hong Kong Institute of Education have supported the reappointment of the president in a survey by the students' union. Victor Au Kin-ho, president of the union, said preliminary results of the survey, which closed on Thursday, showed students were supportive of the reappointment of Paul Morris. Details of the survey will be released next week. About 540 students responded to the survey, the largest pool ever canvassed by the union. Mr Au said there was concern about the future of the HKIEd. 'Despite evidence of achievements of our students, the image of the HKIEd has been undermined by funding cuts a few years ago, the rejection to be renamed a university last year and deep collaboration with the Chinese University of Hong Kong,' he said. 'Uncertainties over the HKIEd's leadership are not helping.' Student union and academic staff representatives will discuss the reappointment with council chairman Thomas Leung Kwok-fai on Friday. The decision is expected to be made on December 1 at the earliest. Leung Yan-wing, vice-chairman of the academic staff association, said he would also highlight rumours about a possible merger between HKIEd and CUHK during Friday's meeting. Meanwhile, the Non-Academic Staff Association at the University of Hong Kong has carried out a survey on the reappointment of vice-chancellor Tsui Lap-chee. Chairman Chan Chit-kwai said about 60 per cent of 100 staff who responded were satisfied with Professor Tsui's performance, although he said they felt the vice-chancellor had poor communication with non-academic staff and paid only lip service to staff development. Last week Education Post reported that surveys by two other staff organisations in HKU had given a thumbs-down to the performance of Professor Tsui.