Archive for February, 2013

Update: Since this post was first published, a second building has been occupied! Details and statement added to the end of the article…

“We are here as students and staff to deny management the power to manage our university. In place of their rule, we create space to imagine alternatives – a university where we hold the power, and need never fear attacks on our jobs and our education.”

sussex_2nd_occupation  Following a demonstration of staff and students against privatisation and outsourcing in Sussex University, a second occupation has started.  About 200 students are currently occupying the Michael Chowen lecture theatre, (of the Brighton and Sussex Medical School). It isn’t yet clear how long they will stay – best check their twitter or their blog for updates. So far, they have released the following statement:

200 students and staff of this university have occupied Brighton and Sussex Medical School Lecture Theatre .

This action is a response to a lack of alternatives within the current situation. Management still refuse to engage with our demands even as they attempt to placate us by feigning negotiation. So we reiterate that we will not compromise, and state them again:

•An immediate end to the privatisation process
•An immediate end to management intimidation and attempts to stifle dissent
•The establishing of a means for us to hold management to account


Latest: The “Academic Board” has recommended that the Politics and International Relations courses be closed. Steve West will be making the final decision no later than 1st March…

[Sign saying "uwe loves politics and IR"] Students and staff at the University of the West of England in Bristol have been met with unwelcome news from the Vice Chancellor’s office that management are considering a proposal to scrap the university’s entire Politics and International Relations department. Students campaigning against this absurd proposal released the following statement:

“As students of the University of the West of England Bristol, we reject the Vice-Chancellors posturing to cut politics and international relations at UWE. We recognise that these courses received 92% and 90% student satisfaction in the recent national student survey, they maintain a good level of recruitment, also 90% of politics and IR graduates go onto employment within six months of graduating.

As such we call for the Vice chancellor to withdraw this proposal and continue to support Politics and International relations at UWE. Cuts such as these would damage the services students receive at this educational institution.

We feel that these proposals would serve only to damage the academic integrity of the university and the community in general.

As students we will seek to work closely with our lecturers and support staff.”


Sussex Against Privatisation Banner

Sussex Against Privatisation Banner (Photo courtesy of Alice Bell)

On 7th February,  following a demonstration against the privatisation of 235 jobs at their university,  Sussex students occupied the Bramber conference centre on their campus. They are demanding:

1. A complete halting of the ongoing bidding process and end to the entire privatization program, effective immediately.
2. A commission of students, staff and lecturers to be formed. With full remit to re-evaluate procedures and channels for holding management accountable as well as reviewing and extending student and workers’ say in these decisions.
3. An end to the intimidation that senior and middle management have used to deter students and workers for airing and acting on their concerns.

Please consider signing the statement of solidarity to show your support

Check out their  the website or facebook group for more info.

UPDATES:  (check @occupy_sussex twitter, or the Sussex Against Privatisation blog for latest)

ISM-UK: Back from the Grave!

Posted: 07/02/2013 by ukism in Site News

In 2011, there was an attempt to start a UK branch of the International Students Movement – the old blog posts of which are still here. A group of us recently got together to re-create this platform. After a number of discussions, we now have a new statement explaining what we are, and a new structure for administering the blog, mailing list, etc. Please see the full description (bellow) for how you can get involved!

Full description of ISM-UK

How ISM-UK is run


In addition to the collective statements explaining what ISM-UK and the ‘admin collective’ are, we also wanted to release the following about our relation to other organisations that are in formation at the moment:

“There are number of initiatives springing up in the UK student movement at the moment. While we think that what we are doing currently is both unique and useful, we do not want to reinvent the wheel or duplicate work that others are doing. We also do not want to see a situation where lots of groups that do basically the same thing end up competing for influence, or sapping energy through too much organisation and too little action. As such, we are open to merging with other networks/groups in the future, or even closing entirely should it become necessary.”