Letter to A.C Grayling and Birkbeck Master

Sean Rillo Raczka, current chair of Birkbeck Students’ Union and EAN steering ctte member wrote following letters

Letter to A.C Grayling re incorrect claims on his New College website:

Dear Professor Grayling,

I am writing to ask you to remove any reference or allusion to Birkbeck Student’ Union providing any services or cooperating in any way with your new profit making venture ‘New College’.  Profit in education stands against everything I personally believe in, and is contrary to the agreed policies of our Union.

I refer to this page in particular:


‘The College headquarters are in Bloomsbury, with accommodation, teaching, library, student welfare and union facilities all within easy walking distance, shared with Birkbeck College and the University of London Senate House and Students’ Union.’

Also, as incoming Vice President of the University of London Union, I should inform you that ULU facilities are not free to all, and member Student Unions pay subscriptions to be part of the Union.  This should also be considered before making any claims about ULU.

I would also like to ask, as a Birkbeck College Governor, if you have any formal contracts or agreements with the College to provide the welfare services etc you mention in the quote above?  If not this claim should be removed also.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely,

Sean Rillo Raczka


Letter to the Master of Birkbeck College re links with New College:

Dear Master,

I’d like to ask, as a Governor and student representative, what cooperation, if any, has the College given to Professor Grayling and his ‘New College’.  Has the College been made formally aware of the setting up of this new institution? I note that several of the staff are from Birkbeck College.

I have written to Prof Graylling to ask him to have this page (link below) amended, to remove any reference to the SU.  The College may wish to do the same regarding welfare services.


I am of course concerned at the nature of this exclusive and expensive college being set up here in Bloomsbury.  I’m sure we can all agree that the principle of profit is not one that should be present in education, especially as a college that caters to people of all backgrounds and encourages widening participation.

I look forward to your comments.

Yours sincerely,

Sean Rillo Raczka

Birkbeck SU Chair

College Governor

The Master of Birkbeck College has categorically stated in reply to this email that Birkbeck has no involvement with or even approach from New College or Prof Grayling.  Looks like Professor Grayling was pushing it with his claims.



About educationactivistnetwork
The education activist network provides national coordination for trade unionists, academics, university workers and student campaigners fighting to defend jobs and education in the UK.

One Response to Letter to A.C Grayling and Birkbeck Master

  1. Cf says:

    It also looks like Grayling has been made to ‘resign’ from Birkbeck.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: