universities

Uncivilising the PhD: for a politics of doctoral experience - Bran Thoreau

The road to a PhD is a common source of frustration. It is time to acknowledge and contest this experience as the outcome of a disciplinarian process.

Inside and against the university

3Cosas won concessions with a 2 day strike - and announced a 3 day one

With recent strikes, occupations, and violent repression, the university is becoming a battleground. What does this mean for university staff and students?

'Dear Vice-Chancellor' - a porter's resignation letter

This resignation letter was sent by one of the 235 workers at the University of Sussex, who are being outsourced by university management.

Wave of repression against students

Police outside Senate House, the inspiration for Orwell's Ministry of Truth

Five students at the University of Sussex are suspended, while police violently break up an occupation of Senate House in London.

Sheffield strikes back, occupy tallest university building in the UK

Sheffield Strikes Back, a newly formed broad left group of Sheffield students, have occupied the Arts Tower – the tallest university building in the United Kingdom.

Sussex and Birmingham Universities occupied

For the second time this year, Sussex University and Birmingham University have seen students occupy buildings on campus in protest against privatisation, outsourcing, lack of democracy, and tuition fees. The Sussex occupation will soon enter its fifth day, however, the students occupying the Aston Webb building in Birmingham have been forcibly evicted by the police and bailiffs, earlier today.

An account of the universities strike, 31 October 2013

An account by Demogorgon, a left communist clerical worker and member of the International Communist Current, of the run-up to an day of the joint union strike action in UK universities, including a leaflet she/he distributed beforehand. We do not necessarily agree with all of bit but reproduce it for reference and discussion.

University workers strike over pay

Picket line at Sussex

Higher education workers at 149 UK institutions are taking strike action today after rejecting a 1% pay offer.

Beyond Thatcher : militant testimonies on miners’ struggles and British syndicalism from yesterday and today

This year, Margaret Thatcher’s death reminded us of the economic policies she initiated in Britain and her anti-social and anti-union fights. In the last months, Autre Futur [French syndicalist website and association] wished to go further and to conduct a series of interviews with different British unionists and syndicalists, about these past struggles but also about the present, in order to get a better grasp of issues which have emerged in recent decades.