Student radicals: An incomplete history of protest at the University of Sussex, 1971-75

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Steven.
Feb 6 2011 16:25

Nice one.

B_Reasonable
Feb 7 2011 00:34

Ed, thanks, really enjoyed reading this. Differentiating the rent strikes from the academic disputes provided a good perspective.

Do you think you might have similar look beyond 1975? The 1978 prelims dispute, which resulted in the expulsions of (the now late) Richard Flint and Shaun Fensom, might be of interest from a libcom point of view. My vague recollection is, that this resulted in the Labour-dominated union administration being ousted, for not providing sufficient support, and Flint was elected union president, as a 'Libertarian Socialist'. Doing this stimulated a lot of debate and introduced anarchist ideas to a wider number of students. Here's a reference from 2007:

http://www.scribd.com/doc/33447646/University-of-Sussex-Alumni-Magazine-Falmer-Summer-07

Ed
Feb 7 2011 21:51

Hi B_Reasonable, cheers for your feedback!

B_Reasonable wrote:
Do you think you might have similar look beyond 1975? The 1978 prelims dispute, which resulted in the expulsions of (the now late) Richard Flint and Shaun Fensom, might be of interest from a libcom point of view. My vague recollection is, that this resulted in the Labour-dominated union administration being ousted, for not providing sufficient support, and Flint was elected union president, as a 'Libertarian Socialist'.

Yeah, like I say in the intro, I would have loved to do research beyond 1975. To be honest, this entire project has been one acceptance of my own limitations after the other (I only put it up the other day because I basically gave up with trying to make it any better!)..

As for Flint and Fensom, yes, I came across them, first in conversation with a former student and then while I was going through the archives (but by then I'd already decided to limit my research).. it definitely would be interesting to find out more about this event but sadly I don't live in the UK anymore so access to the archives is impossible for me..

Are you an ex-Sussex student? If so, it would be great to do an interview with you about your experience of activism at Sussex.. it could be added to this as an appendix. If you were up for it then send me a PM and we can take it from there..

Anyway, cheers again for the feedback.. glad you enjoyed reading it!

Joseph Kay
Sep 25 2011 21:47

BUMP because (a) this is an excellent pamphlet and (b) because Brighton SolFed have laid it out as a pdf in time for Freshers Fair (attached to the original post).

Steven.
Sep 26 2011 16:55
Joseph Kay wrote:
BUMP because (a) this is an excellent pamphlet and (b) because Brighton SolFed have laid it out as a pdf in time for Freshers Fair (attached to the original post).

Joseph, as all other PDF attachments are listed as PDF attachments I automatically skip to the bottom looking for them, so I have listed it here as well, so please do that for future PDF attachments as well.