Save Middlesex Philosophy department

Submitted by vickim on 8 May, 2010 - 12:29 Author: Vicki Morris

The management at Middlesex University have decided to axe the world-renowned philosophy department. While the department is very successful - philosophy is the highest research-rated subject in the university - it just doesn't make quite as much money as other departments. The staff and students were told the shocking news on 26 April.

The staff and students set up an online petition, which you can sign

Who is Michael Gove?

Submitted by Matthew on 15 April, 2010 - 3:55

Labour’s manifesto commitment to “take over” the 1,000 least successful secondary schools in the UK (slightly less than a third) was not much more than an extension of an already existing policy. But it did have echoes of the kind of education policy the Tories’ Shadow Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families Michael Gove has been saying. Except that Gove goes that little bit further.

Gove says much more of the state’s education functions can be handed over to private business (they could take over schools and make a profit if they want).

UCU activists' meeting at King's College London - high stakes, missed opportunities

Submitted by AWL on 16 December, 2009 - 10:31 Author: Ed Maltby

On Tuesday the 15th of December, a meeting of London UCU activists and some students met in KCL. The meeting was hosted by KCL UCU Branch, and politically dominated by the SWP - i.e. a number of SWP full-timers were in attendance, and the meeting was chaired by an SWP student from KCL.

Italy: Students join the fightback

Submitted by Newcastle on 24 September, 2009 - 8:55 Author: By Hugh Edwards

The explosion of spontaneous protests by temporary teachers that swept across Italy at the beginning of September has continued following the opening of the school term on the 14th.

Now the extent of the drastic cuts in teachers, technical and admin staff etc. has become clear to those still fortunate to find themselves in a job. This year 65,000 jobs were scheduled to be cut. There are more cuts to come in 2010. Those affected are part of the 300,000-strong temporary workforce in education.

Tower Hamlets College: Teachers are not city bankers! Newcastle Thu, 09/10/2009 - 23:18

These cuts fall in line with a tide of xenophobic government reforms around ESOL provision; part of the big fuzzy picture of “integration” that they like to contradict.

Here’s a struggle to be had out in the midst of tightening immigration controls, rising popularity of the extreme racist-right and let’s not forgot the big “excuse”, this bastard recession.

Tower Hamlets College: Students show solidarity! Newcastle Thu, 09/10/2009 - 23:15

Jan Ducky was coming to enrol on the Access to Higher Education — social science and humanities. Jan is from the Czech Republic and is currently working as a hospital cleaner part time. He decided not to cross the picket line and instead joined the protest.

Why did you decide not to cross the picket line?

Italian Teachers: Occupying to save 25,000 jobs

Submitted by Newcastle on 10 September, 2009 - 10:43 Author: By Hugh Edwards

While the numbers of workers across the world thrown on the scrapheap of global capitalism’s current crisis continues to rise, and those responsible sing along with their house trained professional “canaries” about “green shoots” of recovery, spasms of defiance and resistance continue to be seen everywhere. The latest in Italy?

No trust in the Goldsmiths Trust! Defend accountable, state education!

Submitted by Newcastle on 9 July, 2009 - 3:03

Campaigners in Lewisham, south London, are organising to prevent a planned super-trust involving Deptford Green and Addeys and Standhope schools, Crossways Sixth Form and Goldsmiths University. The plans have gone out to initial consultation, ending 21 July, with a view to a fuller consultation in September.

Education White Paper: the teacher’s MOT

Submitted by Newcastle on 9 July, 2009 - 2:58 Author: Patrick Murphy, NUT Exec

According to the Teacher Development Agency (a quango overseeing teacher recruitment and training), over 50% of all newly qualified teachers will have left the job within three years.

And this does not reveal the real drop-out rate from teacher-training. Substantial numbers leave before completing their courses, and yet more finish training and then decide against a career in teaching.