Category Archives: Crisis and the university

UK students’ protests over funding cuts

A few weeks ago, I wrote a piece here that attempted to explain the lack of reaction to cuts in the UK, in contrast to France where there was a wave of mass protest at the time. I ended that piece … Continue reading

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Manifs étudiantes à Londres : un moment de bonheur collectif

Philippe Marlière, professeur de science politique au University College London Depuis le 24 novembre, à Londres, quelques centaines d’étudiants occupent la salle Jeremy Bentham située à côté de la bibliothèque principale de UCL (university college London), l’université où j’enseigne. Cette … Continue reading

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Press Release: Nottingham Students Plan to Keep Occupying University

A group of students are set to continue their occupation at The University of Nottingham. The group, calling themselves ‘Nottingham Students Against Cuts and Fees’, are demanding that The University stand against the raising of the cap on top up … Continue reading

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In his introduction to an upcoming number of the Journal of Contemporary European Studies, Jeremy Leaman discusses the recent cuts to higher education and how the British response to the crisis can be situated within a more general European perspective.

The announcement of severe cuts across the whole sector and the proposed removal of state funding for the teaching of Humanities and Social Science subjects raise fundamental questions about the future development of the whole culture of learning and scholarship … Continue reading

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Defending the humanities / Défendre les humanités

The Humanities are currently right in the firing line of cuts in spending driven by a marketization drive and a narrowly instrumental view of the role of education. For a rich set of responses to this, see this new site … Continue reading

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The neo-liberal revolution in British Higher Education

The British higher education sector is facing cuts of a greater severity than other areas of public service which are hardly being spared themselves, such is the enthusiasm with which the current coalition pursues its radical anti-state sector agenda. The … Continue reading

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