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In my experience universities are always be quick to reflect political changes in their approach and culture of management. If I am right we should be watching for an increase in Boris style management coming from senior management in the coming weeks. It will be interesting to see what form that takes, unless we may be waiting to see if he lasts.

David Andrew, www.mcraeandrew.co.uk

Higher education staff suffer 'epidemic' of poor mental health

https://www.theguardian.com/education/2019/may/23/higher-education-staff-suffer-epidemic-of-poor-mental-health?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_WordPress

“HOW CAN I SUPPORT THE Goldsmiths Anti-Racist Action OCCUPATION?”

https://www.facebook.com/notes/goldsmiths-anti-racist-action/how-can-i-support-the-goldsmiths-anti-racist-action-occupation/879065989119229/

https://universityhistories.com/2019/03/26/universities-and-their-contested-pasts/amp/?__twitter_impression=true

Conference: 11 & 12 September 2019. Deadline for abstracts: 31 May.
Samuel Alexander Building, University of Manchester (U.K.)

For many years, universities and their pasts were seen as a benign backwater – histories of institutions of public benefit of interest to alumni, staff and academic historians. However, in recent years, attention has been drawn to the uncomfortable past of some of these institutions.

Protests around the world have prompted universities associated with colonialism, slavery and inequality to face up to, and reconsider, their own histories. Presently, institutions are subject to calls from inside and outside their own walls to answer uncomfortable questions about: where their funding has its origins, the land they occupy and the provenance of their cultural and heritage collections.

This two-day event seeks to understand universities’ uncomfortable pasts (both distant and recent) and how we should deal with them. We invite papers that consider themes such as slavery and colonialism; racism, sexism and discrimination; research and the curriculum; university museums and collections; the connection between universities and the state.

@QM_SBCS everything kicks off at 12 today in fact. @QMUL LGBTQ+ staff and allies join us at Mile End for an afternoon of celebration and scholarship for #LGBTHM Please come down if you can! @QMULBartsTheLon @Ed_Dev_QMUL @qmul_ihse @QMUL_ResStaff @QMSU @QMULnews @QMULAlumni https://t.co/u9Z1Co68Du

Check out @HelenBintley’s Tweet: https://twitter.com/HelenBintley/status/1093791520380121088?s=09

This event will be in an interactive, conversational style in which we will highlight perspectives from activists, students and academics, and encourage interaction and new connections to develop both new knowledge and practice. We encourage researchers, teachers, students and activists to attend. The event is free and open to all, but registration is required. Please register by Friday 15th March 2019.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/anti-racist-and-decolonial-activism-in-the-academy-and-beyond-tickets-55028787585

It seems to me that accommodation costs may well be the next big issue for students in HE - given the increasing costs, and increasing profit for commercial providers.  This has been covered quite well in the Guardian and other media recently.  The Guardian has now covered another side of the issue - the effects on communities of housing being taken over for student housing.  While there is some anti-student hype - I think there is a real issue here which adds to the complexity of any political action.

Nothing new here of course - the development of universities has a history of town-gown riots and issues going back to the start .