The scandal of research assessment and insecure employment at our universities

As the current academic term ends and studies conclude for another generation of undergraduate students, work carries on for the thousands of staff employed at universities and higher education colleges across the country. Just last year, figures from the Higher Education Statistics Agency, analysed and released by UCU, revealed the true precarious conditions many of Read more about The scandal of research assessment and insecure employment at our universities[…]

Save our Statute at Warwick

Within the context of already tense relations between students, academics and the management at the University of Warwick, the effective removal of provisions contained in statute 24 of the University’s constitution marks a new attack by the management on academia. What is this “statute 24” and what is its significance? Statutes in general form basic Read more about Save our Statute at Warwick[…]

Victory for LSE cleaners! Workers’ struggle vindicated!

Cleaners at the London School of Economics have won a significant victory today, as university bosses conceded to their demands to bring all cleaning services in-house ‒ resulting in a significant improvement to working conditions. The largely immigrant and ethnic minority workforce of cleaning staff at LSE was formerly employed by private sector parasites Noonan, Read more about Victory for LSE cleaners! Workers’ struggle vindicated![…]

Justice for workers – shame on SOAS – la lucha continua!

12 June was the 8th anniversary of the forcible deportation of 9 SOAS workers. This day has since become one of commemoration in the SOAS community, in order to condemn what was a horrific attack on the staff. Yet it was on the anniversary of these events that SOAS management once again proved itself to Read more about Justice for workers – shame on SOAS – la lucha continua![…]

SOAS management offices occupied by J4W campaigners – rally today!

Yesterday, on 12 June, SOAS Justice For Workers campaigners had decided that enough is enough, and bravely decided to take a direct action and occupy the first floor offices of the university management. The action was decided on immediately after Elior, the outsourcing company contracted by SOAS, had issued a letter to its workers announcing Read more about SOAS management offices occupied by J4W campaigners – rally today![…]

Glasgow students reject the “alt-right”

  The Glasgow University Rector elections attracted media attention this year, with the nomination of “alt-right” personality Milo Yiannopoulos. The racist, sexist, transphobic and all-things-reactionary Trump supporter drew criticism as he casually insulted students, staff and called for the Muslim society to be banned. In spite of endorsing this ban and his campaign ripping down Read more about Glasgow students reject the “alt-right”[…]

Should we ban the Sun from university campuses?

Last term Queen Mary Student Union banned the university shop from selling copies of the Sun newspaper, which is fair enough because the Sun is a sexist, racist, homophobic, anti-working class rag. But this ban was voted through by a small meeting of the student union council, without much publicity or explanation for the wider Read more about Should we ban the Sun from university campuses?[…]

Marxist student stands for KCLSU vice-president postgraduate

Voting has now begun for elections to the Kings College London Student Union (KCLSU) sabbatical positions. Joe Attard, President of the KCL Marxist Society, is standing for the position of vice president for postgraduate students on a political and socialist platform. Here’s Joe’s manifesto. Postgrads and workers: unite and fight! A vote for Joe is a vote Read more about Marxist student stands for KCLSU vice-president postgraduate[…]

Beyond political neutrality: the fight for revolution in Brazil

The article below is a translation of an article that originally appeared on the website of the Brazilian Marxists – Esquerda Marxista It’s already 2017. But June 2013 was a landmark in the debates about what the involvement of a young person in politics should be. When we say ‘young person’, we mean it in Read more about Beyond political neutrality: the fight for revolution in Brazil[…]

Capitalism is squeezing international students in the UK

£24,000. This is how much you may be required to pay for one year of university education in the UK if you’re international student. Exorbitant tuition fees are a symptom of what has been done to universities over the past 30 years. Institutions of higher education, once considered to be sacrosanct temples of knowledge, gradually Read more about Capitalism is squeezing international students in the UK[…]

Elections and boycotts at Leeds University Union

The morning of February 17th 2017 saw two headlines concerning the Leeds University Union executive (LUU exec) in the local student press. The first bemoaned the year on year decline in turnout for the elections that see students run for sabbatical positions as union officers in the LUU exec (http://www.thegryphon.co.uk/2017/02/17/leadership-race-turnout-decreases/). This comes at the end Read more about Elections and boycotts at Leeds University Union[…]

What did we learn from last term’s occupation at Warwick?

  In early December last year at Warwick University, a group of student activists cut through the winter lethargy with an occupation of the Slate, a newly-built £5.3m conference building. Organised by the student activist group Warwick for Free Education, the occupation pushed for three demands to be met by the university’s management. The first Read more about What did we learn from last term’s occupation at Warwick?[…]