February 19, 2024


The professor of Veterinary Medicine Joaquín Goyache (Pamplona, ​​1962) once again rings the bell in the elections for rector of the Complutense University ―in 2019 he won Carlos Andradas against all odds with 50.22% of the votes― and has prevailed over the Dean of Political Science, Esther del Campo, after a day tinged with hoaxes and fights. The identification by the Police of a group of seven people carrying envelopes with Goyache’s ballot has been the moment of greatest tension; because among them was the president of New Generations of the PP, Ignacio Dancausa, and several advisors to the Madrid City Council. Goyache has won with 54.9% of the weighted votes; has won among regular teachers (1,377 votes compared to 923)―their vote is worth 53% of the total weighting―, administration and services staff (1,368 compared to 1,208), temporary part-time teachers (402 compared to 198) and students (4,854 vs. 4,623). And she has only won among precarious full-time teachers (650 vs. 377).

In principle, Goyache started out in a worse position because, although she obtained 25.3% of the votes in the first round compared to 18.1% for Del Campo, the dean closed a pact with the other three candidates of different ideologies ―of the total eight ― more voted, who would have become her vice rectors if she had won. In a meeting with EL PAÍS last Friday, Goyache was encouraged: “It seems healthy, democratic, that there are pacts, but all is not lost. Not much less. I want to win the elections and we start from scratch in this second round”. Neither Del Campo launched the bells on the fly despite adding 56.7% of the votes in principle: “It will not be a Frankenstein government. Because? Joaquín is also the fruit of a pact. I think the capacity that I have shown to generate consensus must be valued. It is not an ideological pact, in any case, because that is one of the issues that could have been blamed on me ”. The “Frankenstein government” has been the mantra of the end of the campaign.

The Popular Party of Madrid has played an essential role in this victory. The possible victory of Del Campo stirred up the party, which has mobilized so that a professor who the conservative press dismisses as sectarian, and as a risk to the future of the institution, does not come out. However, Del Campo is a very institutional figure – she has renewed as dean – and closer – according to different sources – to the socialists than to Podemos, a formation that was born in her faculty and which she represented before the Central Electoral Board .

To the dean, who has been a teacher of Pablo Iglesias and is a roommate of the former leaders of Podemos Juan Carlos Monedero and Carolina Bescansa, the label of podemite ―as a synonym for a left-wing extremist― has dogged him throughout the campaign, despite his attempts to disassociate himself. The pressure has been such that the Ciudad Universitaria metro station woke up this Wednesday with anonymous posters with a warning sign: “It depends on you. Voting for Esther del Campo is allowing Podemos to govern our university ideologically for the next 6 years”.

Madrid City Council adviser Álvaro Hernández Crespo, a member of Nuevas Generaciones, created a WhatsApp group on Tuesday under the name “AYUDA UCM” in which he included at least four advisers from the Consistory, as published by EL PAÍS. In it he asked: “Hello to all compis and friends!! I don’t know if he will have told all of your bosses, but tomorrow we need help from the Party, which (Alfonso) Serrano and the president (Isabel Díaz Ayuso) ask the youngest of us who work in admin (for Administration) to help us Let’s approach the UCM tomorrow for the issue of elections for rector. In a while I’ll tell you to see how we fit everything. Thank you”. The following day, the Police asked the members of Nuevas Generaciones to identify themselves for carrying envelopes with Goyache’s ballot.

Environment in the Faculty of Political Sciences and Sociology of the Somosaguas campus, during the voting.
Environment in the Faculty of Political Sciences and Sociology of the Somosaguas campus, during the voting.Jaime Villanueva

The fear that has spread in recent days among the Madrid PP – which saw in it the arrival of Podemos to power – is also revealed in an audio from Ana Quiroga, Goyache’s chief of staff and direct link with Genoa, to the who has had access to this journal. “You have to go for all please. I need you to move as much as you can, okay, and I’m moving a lot, a lot. This is a full-blown betrayal and Doadrio (former vice-rector of Goyaache) has promoted it. The Community of Madrid is outraged. Federico Morán (director of the Fundación para el Conocimiento de Madrid + d), as long as he does not give the chest and as Esther del Campo leaves, he falls from the Community (of Madrid). It’s the host, it’s the host.” In conversation with this newspaper, Quiroga denies having “any data” or having “discussed this type of issue with the Community of Madrid” because she does not have the power to do so. Doadrio and Quiroga, however, have been the eyes of the Madrid PP for years in the largest face-to-face university in Spain.

Morán, professor of Biochemistry, was previously the benchmark for the right at the UCM and one of those who created the pact with the former rector José Carrillo, from the left, to raise Goyache to power in 2019, presenting him as the only candidate against the rector Carlos Andradas, but has lost almost all influence. The other alluded to from Quiroga is Juan Carlos Doadrio, former vice-rector for Institutional Relations with Goyache and former regional vice-counselor of the PP, who proposed to the rector to grant Ayuso the distinction of illustrious student of the Faculty of Information Sciences. After the controversy sparked in networks by the recognition of the Madrid president, Goyache forced Doadrio to resign last January and with him Iñaqui López left the government team, of his rope, with the intention of running for election. What nobody expected in the PP is that López would later put before the second round the diagnosis of the problems of the University that he shares with Del Campo ―loss of influence of the UCM nationally and internationally, crisis of reputation, lack of forecast of places or improvisation ― to his political ideas, and join the anti-Goyache pact.

The PP’s fear of Del Campo’s victory, according to sources of his candidacy, explains why the rectory has chartered three buses to take the students of the Cardenal Cisneros affiliated center, organically dependent on the Community of Madrid, to vote. Up to 417 have voted in favor of Goyache and only two in favor of the dean. Cisneros is popular ground and Goyache has ended up becoming the PP candidate, despite having an intermittent relationship with Isabel Díaz Ayuso; With which, according to different sources, they have not spoken for seasons during his tenure. In Cisneros the unfounded idea has flown over these days that Del Campo – who has not said anything about it in the campaign – was going to close the affiliated center in which the former leader of the PP, Pablo Casado, took half a career in four months. A brochure has also circulated among the students of the Faculty of Commerce in which they were encouraged to vote for Goyache, since Del Campo intended to “distribute the studies among various faculties of the UCM.” There is no evidence that he was among his plans.

The candidate for rector, Esther del Campo, votes in the Faculty of Political Sciences this Wednesday.
The candidate for rector, Esther del Campo, votes in the Faculty of Political Sciences this Wednesday.Jaime Villanueva

The hoaxes have been constant these days and almost all with Esther del Campo as a target. The professor of Politics Juan Carlos Monedero, one of the founders of Podemos, had to deny last Friday in networks that he was profiling himself as vice-rector of his dean, as one medium came to publish: “I did not want to be an MEP, deputy, mayor and I don’t want to be vice-chancellor either.” The Policies manager, for his part, had to send an email almost at dawn this Tuesday to the entire university community to deny that the faculty was closed again due to a problem in a pipe, as happened on February 28, when broke one on the Somosaguas campus. There the students ―vote a minority― en masse supported the Dean of Politics in the first round. Also this time, but without any success. Del Campo aspired to be the first rector in the 200-year history of the UCM. Women’s time will have to wait.

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