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 .
Cambridge students put forward an alternative decolonial reading list see https://docs.google.com/document/d/1s3nIXibK680_y_xhau3vbrVQ7WFVKocjKI1Vy2r81A0/edit?usp=drivesdk
Check out @katforrester’s Tweet: https://twitter.com/katforrester/status/1037691878043541505?s=09
You can read Indigenous and Decolonizing Studies in Education, edited by Linda Tuhiwai Smith, Eve Tuck + K. Wayne Yang in its entirety at the following link for the next 60 days (until Oct 21)! https://rdcu.be/4fvA Cover art by Lisa Boivin
Just before the dawn of the new academic year, we - academics, students and staff - will join together to reflect on the legacy and potential of the collective action we began in March 2018. Many of us will recall the Volunteer University established to provide 'time', 'space' and 'coffee', so that we, the university, could meet off campus and discuss a range of issues with each other and the wider community.
Anyone going to this?
Anti-casualisation in practice: a podcast on the Fractional For Fair Play campaign at SOAS
From the Sound Lab
In February and March, many Universities across the United Kingdom were affected by the largest wave of industrial action to hit the sector for many years. For this episode of the Global Lab, we spoke to Tony Brown and Sean Wallis from UCL's University and College Union branch about why the strikes took place.
To give you a sense of what it felt like to be out on the streets during the dispute, we conducted interviews on the picket line and made binaural audio recordings of the two marches that took place in central London during the strikes.
Binaural recordings are recorded using two microphones to create the illusion of a 3D soundscape. Best listened to on headphones…
Student activists from across the country are coming together before the first term for a weekend of practical activist training, discussions on organising, and planning our movement's next steps for campaigning on various national issues highlighted in the student left unity statement - sign up here if you agree! - goo.gl/1Qvquk
8-9 September // UCL // All welcome!
Check out @acaprecariat’s Tweet: https://twitter.com/acaprecariat/status/1021438900810764289?s=09
Calling all casualised academic workers! This @NEF event on 18th Aug in London is on organising against precarious work. Learn from speakers @CPHLivingWage, @IWGBunion, @RMTunion & @unitetheunion. Tickets free. Need financial support to go? DM us. ✊
In addition to the Exeter event, this weekend at the Tolpuddle Festival, look out for the UCU event.