The Student Left Network's first National Conference will take place on 2-3 March in Sheffield. (If you haven't already - register here for your free place!) Part of the Sunday will be given over to a motions debate. If you want the Student Left Network to campaign on a specific thing, think a central demand is … Continue reading Motions deadline for SLN Conference: **extended to 24 February**
By Justine Canady, UCL student activist and Student Left Network's candidate for NUS President. Marketisation, privatisation and profit-making in higher education is intensifying the exploitation of workers on campus. Students on campus are organising in solidarity with staff, running campaigns alongside trade unions. The past couple of years have seen a spate of victories, for … Continue reading For an NUS that organises and fights for precarious workers on campus!
NUS democracy is about to be shut down as part of an anti-democratic coup. Members of the elected National Executive Council, the body which exists to make political decisions between conferences and hold the leadership to account, has the power to vote no confidence in the Trustee Board. Ask NEC members to vote to defend … Continue reading Send this model email to NUS NEC – Vote no confidence in the Trustee Board!
For background on the NUS financial crisis and cuts to democracy, liberation and campaigns, see here. The National Union of Students is about to be changed beyond recognition behind the backs of its membership. Elections for all officer positions are now suspended until after National Conference, completely overriding the constitution and democratic process. NUS President … Continue reading NUS leadership suspends elections and bypasses democracy – Callout for action!
On 2-3 February 2019 the Student Left Network will host its first ever conference! Register now to book your free space (and accommodation), and book your travel early! Marketisation is wrecking campus living, learning and working conditions. Senior management are on ever-inflating six figure salaries while students and workers bear the brunt of cuts - … Continue reading First SLN National Conference announced! 2-3 February, Sheffield
Watch the video here. On 12 November, a coalition of students held a DEMOcratise UCL protest in anger at the systematic marketisation and lack of democracy at the university. A group of students assembled in the south quad and proceeded to protest outside the Provost, Michael Arthur’s office, equipped with drums, banners and smoke grenades. … Continue reading Sack the Provost // Democratise UCL – Demo report and campaign launch!
By Tyrone Falls, Bristol Staff-Student Solidarity Group CW: mention of suicides One of the most tragic development in universities in the last ten years is the rapid increase in students as well as staff seeking mental health support. The number of students seeking mental health support has more than doubled, whilst drop out levels and … Continue reading The Effects of Marketisation on Mental Health
By Dan Davison, UCU member and Cambridge Universities Labour Club This October, we in the University and College Union (UCU) saw our largest ever turnout in a pay ballot. 42% of members voted nationally, with 68.9% in favour of industrial action. The ballot covered 147 universities and 110 colleges. Pay in higher education has declined … Continue reading Repeal the Anti-Trade Union Laws!
By University of Reading Communist and Anarchist Society Students at the University of Reading have been told to take care when reading an essay by the late Professor Norman Geras, in order to avoid falling foul of Prevent. An academic journal has been flagged as sensitive under the Prevent programme, and the University has warned … Continue reading Against Prevent – For the Right to Organise, Protest and Speak on Campus!
Riki Lane & Maureen Murphy spoke to Lilly Murphy, a year 9 student who was involved in the student strike for climate action where thousands of students across Australia walked out of class to demand action by the federal government on climate change. Edited by Natalia Cassidy for the Student Left Network Q) Tell us … Continue reading Australian Student Climate Walk out: Interview.