- UCU National Executive
- United Kingdom
On the 10th of November, over 50,000 people marched in the streets against cuts to education and the proposed increase of tuition fees to £9,000. The 24th of November was a national day of action, in which students at over 15 universities went into occupation, and in which school students walked out of their classes.
This sends a powerful message to government that people are not willing to put up with the destruction of the futures of an entire generation.
At the UCU’s Higher Education sector conference on 25 November, an emergency motion was passed calling on the UCU National Executive Committee to back a national demonstration and to support student walkouts when the tuition fee Bill is debated in Parliament in December. This petition is designed to support, and firm up, this motion and to let the NEC know that there is real support amongst academic staff for the student action.
We the undersigned support the occupations, rallies and marches organised by students in opposition to education cuts and tuition fee increases.
They are an inspiration to all those who wish to see resistance to the Coalition government's wider attacks on welfare and public services.
However,we cannot afford to let the students fight alone. We therefore call on UCU to back a national walkout of staff and students (on the day
that the tuition fee legislation is first debated in Parliament) to show our solidarity with the protests.
Petition signed by:
Eric Alliez, Professor of Modern European Philosophy, Kingston University.
Peter Hallward, Professor of Modern European Philosophy, Kingston University.
Andy Higginbottom, Principal Lecturer, International Politics and
Human Rights, Kingston University.
Stathis Kouvelakis, Reader in European Studies, King's College London.
Dr Jeremy Lane, Associate Professor, Department of French Studies,
University of Nottingham.
Martin McQuillan, Professor of English and Dean of the Faculty of
Arts and Social Sciences, Kingston University.
Peter Osborne, Professor of Modern European Philosophy, Kingston University.
Diana Paton, Reader in Caribbean History, Newcastle University.
Stella Sandford, Principal Lecturer in Modern European Philosophy,
Slavoj Zizek, International Director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, Birkbeck, University of London.
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Dr. Katherine Lebow, Lecturer in European History, Newcastle University
Pietro Di Paola, Lecturer in History, University of Lincoln
Prof José Esteban Castro, School of Geography, Politics and Sociology, Newcastle University
Dr Simon Choat, Lecturer in Politics, Kingston University
Dr Phil Walsh, Chartered Safety and Health Practitioner, Newcastle University
Joel Anderson, branch secretary (PC), Central School of Speech and Drama
Dr Helen Stringer, Lecturer/Speech and Language Therapist, Newcastle University
Dr Stephen Dunne, School of Management, University of Leicester
John Fletcher, Associate Professor, Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies, University of Warwick
Dr. Maria Puig de la Bellacasa, School of Management, University of Leicester
Dr David Harvie, School of Management, University of Leicester
Dr Andrew Shail, Lecturer in Film, School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics, Newcastle University
Dr Jo Littler, Senior Lecturer, Media and Cultural Studies, Middlesex University
Dr Sara Maioli, Lecturer in economics, Newcastle University
Dr Naomi Standen, Senior Lecturer in Chinese History, Newcastle University
Dr Juliet Rufford, V&A, Reading University
Dr Rachel Woodward, School of Geography Politics and Sociology,
Dr Jane Carnaffan, School of Geography, Politics and Sociology, Newcastle University
Dr Andreas Werner, Institute for Cell and Molecular Biosciences, University of Newcastle
Valerie Coultas, School of Education, Kingston University
Dr. Daniel Katz, Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies, University of Warwick
Robert Knox, Graduate Teaching Assistant, London School of Economics
Pablo Mukherjee, Associate Professor, English and Comparative Literature, Warwick University
Dr John Flanagan, Associate Lecturer, Open University in the North
Prof. Simon Morgan Wortham, Kingston University
Dr Stacy Gillis, School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics, Newcastle University
Prof Denise Ferreira da Silva, School of Business and Management,
Queen Mary, University of London
Prof Mandy Merck, Royal Holloway, University of London
Prof Maureen Freely, Dept of English and Comparative Literary Studies,
University of Warwick
Engelbert Stockhammer, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Kingston University
Neil Bromwich, School of Arts and Cultures, University of Newcastle
Dr Livia Capponi, School of Historical Studies, Newcastle University
Dr S.J. Hannahs, Centre for Research in Linguistics and Language Sciences Newcastle University
Dr. Andy Higginbottom, International Politics and Human Rights, Kingston University
Prof Esther Leslie, Department of English and Humanities, Birkbeck, University of London
Dr Richard Hull, Senior Lecturer in Management, Newcastle University Business School
Dr Richard Young, Professional Development Manager, Staff Development Unit, Newcastle University
Dr Michael J Hall, Lecturer in Organic Chemistry, Newcastle University
Dr Steve Edwards, Open University
Annabelle David, Research Associate, School of Modern Languages, Newcastle University
Dr Jacqui Rodgers, Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology, Institute of Neuroscience, Newcastle University
Claudia Baldoli, Senior Lecturer in Modern European History, Newcastle
The Support for student action against cuts petition to UCU National Executive was written by Sian Moore and is in the category Students' Rights at GoPetition.