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ISM-UK Closing

Posted: 12/05/2014 by ukism in News, Site News

Last year, a decision was taken by the Admin Collective to stop work on this project. This is partly due to a lack of interest, but also because other similar groups are now organising in the UK – and we think people should put their energy into those instead. As we said in a statement when we started “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.”

If you are a student organiser in the UK, we recommend that you get involved in the Autonomous Students Network.
Email: autonomousstudentnetwork [at]
Sheffield Group: sheffieldautonomousstudents [at]  |
Essex Group: essexautonomousstudents [at]  |
Dundee Group: libertarianlfront [at]  |
Sussex Group: sussexasn [at] | |
SOAS Group: soasanarchistsoc [at]  | |
Exeter Group: [no contact details – maybe try contactin Exeter Uni Occupation?]
Bristol Group: [no contact details – try asking the Bristol Left society? thebristolleft [at]]

The International Student Movement of course still exists – – and has regular online meetings. They always need more people to get involved, and it’d be great to see more participation from the UK student movement in this too.

If at some point in the future someone wants to re-start this project and needs access to the email, list, blog, etc, please just email _at_

Thanks to everyone who supported or was involved for the short time that ISM-UK was active. Solidarity to all the radical students and workers carrying on the revolution in education. See you on the streets! 😉


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.”

How everyone can contribute!

Posted: 26/02/2011 by Eddie Unity in Site News

You want to contribute to the globalisation of resistance against the increasing privatisation of public education and for free emancipatory education for all?

Here are some suggestions:

  • Record a “video message” for people struggling against the privatisation of public education and for free emancipatory education for all around the world.
  • Use #globalEdu and/or #ondaGlobal as hashtags when you send messages on twitter related to the struggle, so that it appears on the ISM website.

If you want to get more actively involved on the ISM and support the administration of the platform in a particular language, then simply drop a line at:

Same goes for any questions or suggestions.


Budget proposals
As a direct result of cuts to funding from central government, the council has to make at least £70 million worth of savings over the next three years.

On Wednesday, February 9, the council’s cabinet will seek to agree proposals to make the largest budget cuts in the council’s history. The proposals set out how the council plans to make these savings, but Mayor Lutfur Rahman has already made it his priority to protect services that provide vital support to vulnerable groups.

As part of this, the proposals will mean no children’s centres in the borough will close.

We are making savings rather than sweeping cuts to services by working smarter and more efficiently to make sure the services that people rely on – Idea Stores, children’s centres, recycling collection and others – continue to be there for residents.

The proposals are designed to streamline management – where more than £9m of savings are planned, offering more efficient services, without leading to residents seeing any actual change to services.

In order to continue to deliver services, however, the council-wide savings proposals will mean cuts to staff. In total, around 500 posts are expected to be lost this year most of which will be made by not filling vacancies or by voluntary redundancy.

Read what the cuts will mean to you, or view the agenda and proposals for the cabinet meeting to be held on Wednesday, February 9 for more details.
If agreed by cabinet, the proposals will go to a meeting of the full council on February 23 for consideration and agreement.

Budget Congress and focus groups
We have spoken with members of the public to find out their thoughts about how the proposed cuts in services will affect them.

Four focus groups were held in January around the borough, where people talked about who might be hardest hit by the cuts and their fears for local services, as well as looking at how local people and public sector organisations could better work together to support the most vulnerable.

Mayor Lutfur Rahman also hosted the second Budget Congress, which brought together residents, school governors and other community leaders together with senior officers and chief executives from the council, NHS Tower Hamlets, police and other key partners.

Discussions focussed on the impact of welfare cuts on residents and organisations, and identified issues which the council will need to keep in mind when setting its budget plans.
What the cuts will mean to you

  1. Every children’s centre will remain open. Savings to be made from management rather than closures. Nearly £3m worth of savings will be made by streamlining the management of the centres and other early years services to ensure under-fives and their families can continue to receive the support they currently benefit from.
  2. Out-of-school hours activities remain available for every child. Structured after-school childcare to be prioritised for working parents though. After school childcare for three- to 11-year-olds will be moved from the junior youth service to schools. All children will still be able to access out-of-school hours learning, but structured childcare will be provided for working parents only – many of whom are unavailable to care for children in the hours immediately after school.
  3. Management of the play sites at Bartlett Park and Whitehorse Road to be contracted out, but sites will remain staffed.
  4. Saving up to £9m a year by closing council offices at Anchorage House.
  5. External providers will be used to ensure homecare services are free for residents throughout 2011. Tower Hamlets is the only local authority in the country to do so. The council’s homecare service is proposing to save £3.7m by reorganising resources and continuing to use external providers to deliver long-term care, focusing its in-house service on helping users become more independent.
  6. Some changes to parking charges to ensure they are consistent across the whole borough but charges such as residents parking permits, visitor Scratch cards and short stay parking, frozen at 2010/11 levels.
  7. Charges will be introduced for all pest control services delivered to private properties.
  8. No reductions to concessions at leisure centres and no increases above the rate of inflation in ‘on the door’ pay and play charges for sports and leisure facilities.
  9. Small increase for health suite session annual charge (£3.40 to £3.75 per year) and annual adult play and pay fee (from £2.80p to £5 per year).
  10. No increases above rate of inflation for hire of premises run by the arts and events team, eg Brady Arts and Community Centre.
  11. Fees and charges remain the same for street and market traders for 2011/12 for the third successive year.

Equality Impact Assessments
We have Equality Impact Assessments to enable us to understand the impact the savings proposals may have on equality of different sections of our community.

Read the Equality Impact Assessments

More information on the budget proposals

Useful links

ISM-UK Begins!

Posted: 15/02/2011 by Eddie Unity in Site News

The International Student Movement is now creating a UK Forum!

This means that education warriors from the UK can more effectively communicate with each other and with the rest of the world without the organisational chatter from other countries getting mixed up with the news we receive from them!

Hopefully more people from the UK will get involved with ISM on local, national and international levels, so that we may all find the information about the current movement that we are most interested in!

Site News

Posted: 13/02/2011 by Eddie Unity in Site News

★ This is where news relating to the development of the platforms goes. If we have a meeting about CSS, or come up with a new logo, or the site is experiencing difficulties, or if something interesting happens with ISM/ISM-UK itself, then it will go here  ★