Guest Post: Ten reasons why USS is a scandal waiting to bite back

Sam Marsh, Sheffield UCU, follows up on his earlier post for HE Marketisation (6 November 2017), giving 10 reasons why USS is a “scandal waiting to bite back”. The University and College Union will announce the results of its national ballot for strike action in response to the threat from universities to end guaranteed pension … Continue reading Guest Post: Ten reasons why USS is a scandal waiting to bite back

What can be done for USS? By Sam Marsh

  Sam Marsh gives background to the current dispute between the University and College Union (UCU) and Universities UK (UUK) regarding the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) – a ‘defined benefits’ private pension scheme covering the majority of staff the older ‘pre-92 universities’, including Oxford, Cambridge, and Manchester Universities. Last month, 87% of pre-1992 university UCU members … Continue reading What can be done for USS? By Sam Marsh

“We are the Lions, Mr Vice-Chancellor!”

“We are the Lions, Mr Manager!” is a brilliant play by Townsend Theatre Productions currently touring the UK about the 1976-78 Grunwick Film Processing Factory Strike and its equally brilliant leader Jayaben Desai. As Linda McDowell and colleagues explain, “after a long day’s work in the cramped and poorly ventilated space where the photographs were … Continue reading “We are the Lions, Mr Vice-Chancellor!”

Willetts the Conqueror

Below are collected the instalments in the multi-part critical review of David Willetts’ A University Education, described by John Bellamy Foster in Monthly Review as a “lucid deconstruction” of Willetts’ which goes “far beyond most other analyses”. Willetts the Conqueror: Introduction Willetts the Conqueror Pt 1: Market Populism Willetts the Conqueror Pt 2: Creative Destruction … Continue reading Willetts the Conqueror

#CovUniShame (again)

Coventry University has yet again responded to a legitimate and legal request from its staff for union recognition with shameful union-busting tactics, this time in its wholly owned teaching ‘super-subsidiary’, the CU Group. After a three year campaign to get the University and College Union (UCU) recognised for collective bargaining in the CU Group – … Continue reading #CovUniShame (again)

Willetts the conqueror Pt 5: knowledge exchange

Scene in the sausage room at the P & M Packing Company. Source: U.S. National Archives & Records Administration. This is Part 5 in a five-part series on Willetts: Introduction; part 1; part 2; part 3; part 4. The last two installments of this multipart review of David Willetts’ A University Education analysed the rationalisation of the two core functions of the … Continue reading Willetts the conqueror Pt 5: knowledge exchange

Willetts the conqueror Pt 4: Audit Culture

The previous instalment of this multipart review of David Willetts’ ‘A University Education’ began to analyse the conversion of quality into quantity that is a necessary part of the process of marketisation, beginning with one of the two main functions of the university: education. Part 4 – which was originally published on Monthly Review Online … Continue reading Willetts the conqueror Pt 4: Audit Culture

Willetts the Conqueror Pt 2: Creative Destruction

Welcome to Pt 2 of the multi-part critical Review of David Willetts’ ‘A University Education’. This part of the Review focuses on Willetts’ plans for so-called ‘alternative providers’ – a euphemistic term which should be read as synonymous with for-profit colleges and universities – and his reflections on wanting to see a British higher education … Continue reading Willetts the Conqueror Pt 2: Creative Destruction

Willetts the Conqueror Pt 1: Market Populism

In the first instalment of this multi-part critical review of David Willetts’ (2017) ‘A University Education’, we look at his ‘revisionist’ history of the university as it is modernised through successive historical periods – medieval, modern and neoliberal – in Britain, Europe and the US. This post follows the ‘Introduction’ last week (HE Marketisation, 16 … Continue reading Willetts the Conqueror Pt 1: Market Populism

Governance as trade union strategy: Interview with Bath UCU’s Michael Carley

Building a focus on governance into local trade union strategy is a good way to create leverage for existing campaigns and bring them together under an over-arching narrative of democratisation, according to University of Bath University and College Union (UCU) branch president Michael Carley. In an exclusive interview with HE Marketisation, Carley described how he … Continue reading Governance as trade union strategy: Interview with Bath UCU’s Michael Carley