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
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
Originally published in Post-16 Educator Issue 98, this piece argues that the work of radical Brazilian educator Paulo Freire, especially his 1968/70 book Pedagogy of the Oppressed, offers a concrete way forward for the Labour Party after Corbynism, beyond the recriminations. December’s UK general election result was deeply disappointing. Having joined the Labour Party three … Continue reading What next for Labour?
This article is the first in a new series on workers’ control, exploring both historical and contemporary examples and theories and their implications for Labour’s National Education Service policy. For background on this policy and my proposals for public ownership in higher education, see this previous post. At Conference last year, John McDonnell declared in … Continue reading Public Ownership ‘Ain’t Gonna Be Easy!’ – Learning from Labour’s 1973 Programme
The below article originally appeared in Post-16 Educator Issue 96, available to read for free here. As well as my article on my recent pamphlet, Martin Allen and Patrick Ainley discuss the recent Review of Post-18 Education, the speech by incoming General Secretary Jo Grady to UCU Annual Congress 26 May 2019 is reproduced, and Jane … Continue reading Why we need a theory of marketisation
Below is the text from my submission to the Labour Party’s National Policy Forum Consultation 2019, Early Years, Education and Skills Policy Commission. You can find the original submitted pdf here. I have removed the numbering for ease of reading. Creating a truly public tertiary education system If Labour’s visionary National Education Service policy … Continue reading Self-regulation and public ownership in tertiary education
This is article was originally published on Red Pepper’s website, in the immediate aftermath of the ‘Post-18 review of education and funding’, also known as the Augar Review. Now that the dust has settled, it seems appropriate to re-post this slightly edited version. The key argument of the article is that, in anticipation of institutional … Continue reading What happens if a university fails?
Below is the text from an article published in the latest issue of Post-16 Educator, a publication this blog is affiliated with. You can find read the whole issue here, including an excellent piece on Labour’s National Education Service by Eddie Playfair. This is an edited version of a talk I gave at the … Continue reading Coventry in the Vanguard
“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!”
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)