Guardian Letter

Letter in the Guardian, 21 June 2013:

Warwick University protest

Students at Warwick are occupying the university’s council chamber in protest against further marketisation and managerialism in higher education (Report, 19 June). The university is now threatening legal or disciplinary action, and it would appear it is embarrassed by the prospect of the occupation being visible during open days this weekend. What Warwick University managers should be embarrassed by is the £42,000 pay rise awarded to the vice-chancellor, Nigel Thrift, and the role they have played in lobbying for fee rises and other measures which have attacked the public and accessible nature of education. The actions of students at Warwick are a legitimate response to the recklessness of university managements across the country.

Len McCluskey Unite general secretary
Vicki Baars NUS vice-president
Sky Yarlett NUS LGBT officer
Michael Chessum University of London Union president
Hannah Webb University College London Union external affairs and campaigns officer
Susuana Abena University of London Union women’s officer
Rosie Huzzard NUS national executive
Arianna Tassinari NUS national executive
James McAsh NUS national executive
Shelley Asquith University of the Arts London president
Alex Munyard Edinburgh University Students Association vice-president
Simon Furse Birmingham University Guild vice-president
Aisling Gallagher NUS-Union of Students in Ireland women’s officer
Alex Peters Day LSE Students Union general secretary
David East School of Oriental and African Studies co-president
Shreya Paudel Middlesex University Students Union president
Howard Littler Goldsmith’s Student Union campaigns officer
Grant Clarke University of Portsmouth Student Union vice-president
Dominique Ucbas University of Strathclyde Students Association vice-president
Steve Martin Farnham campus officer, University for the Creative Arts Students Union
Beth Redmond NCAFC national committee
Luke Neal Newcastle Free Education Network
Katie Kokkinou UCL Union welfare officer
Keir Gallagher UCL Union education and campaigns officer
Ben Towse UCL Union postgraduate officer
Hona-Luisa Cohen-Fuentes NCAFC women’s committee
Alannah Ainslie NCAFC womens committee
Mike Shaw NCAFC national committee

Published in the Guardian, Friday 21 June 2013


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