We invite all academic and research staff to sign the following statement, which has been forwarded to Protect the Public University – Warwick.
“Warwick students currently occupying the Council Chamber at Senate House have done so with a clearly stated purpose: to inaugurate dialogue concerning grave threats to the university system in, and by extension, to society as a whole. The students have been eloquent in their expression of these dangers, and rigorous in their analysis of them. Their documents should be read with care, and we point only to the most obvious elements they stress: the increase in student fees, the outsourcing of support services, the privatisation and marketisation of knowledge and skills, and ultimately, the construction of the university as an engine of social inequality rather than as a foundational institution of the democratic process, which relies on an informed and educated electorate. We fully stand behind the students, and call on senior administration of the University of Warwick to engage with them in a spirit of intellectual debate, exchange, and concern.”
Keith Ansell Pearson
Dr Paul Anderson