Letter to A.C Grayling and Birkbeck Master
June 5, 2011 1 Comment
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.
Sean Rillo Raczka
Letter to the Master of Birkbeck College re links with New College:
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.
Sean Rillo Raczka
Birkbeck SU Chair
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.