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.


Submitted by AWL on Thu, 17/12/2009 - 09:59 - an account of the resignations of the London Metropolitan board of directors by the Times Higher - although it ignores the campaign waged by staff and students.

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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.

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Tower Hamlets College: Teachers are not city bankers!NewcastleThu, 10/09/2009 - 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.

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Tower Hamlets College: Students show solidarity!NewcastleThu, 10/09/2009 - 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?

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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?

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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.

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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.

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Fighting the privatisation of education in Lewisham

Submitted by AWL on 1 July, 2009 - 1:47

In Lewisham this week the consultation with governing bodies in two schools, one sixth form college and Goldsmiths College opened to decide whether the proposal to set up a Trust across all four institutions should go ahead. In this round governors will decide whether to proceed with a full consulation in September. If they are successful, Depford Green, Addeys and Standhope, Crossways Sixth Form Goldsmiths will be governed by a single appointed governing body and be taken out of local authority control.

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