A message from Defend the Right to Protest

Please find a message from the Defend the Right to Protest Campaign below. Their conference will be held this Sunday 14th October, 11.30 -5.30pm, ULU, Malet St. It is sponsored by NUS, UCU, PCS and CWU.

Dear EAN

We would like to invite you to our national conference on Austerity, Injustice and the power of Protest on Sunday 14th October at ULU. Read more of this post

Speaking out against Professor Ian Parker’s Suspension at MMU

Dearest friends,

Something incredibly shocking has happened.

Professor Ian Parker has been suspended from Manchester Metropolitan University. It has happened suddenly and unexpectedly, and students and staff at the University have been given little to no explanation as to why. Read more of this post

Stop the Destruction of Ruskin College’s Archive

by Shaun Williams, a former Student at Ruskin College, Oxford.

It has come to light that Ruskin College, Oxford, the institute of higher education which has long-standing associations with  the labour and trade union movements has been destroying a great deal of valuable archival material. Read more of this post

Save Applied Community and Youth Work Studies at Manchester University

by Denise Hayward, student in the ACYWS Dept

The Applied Community and Youth Work Studies (ACYWS) has provided opportunities for students to participate in higher education at the University of Manchester for nearly 25 years, growing in stature, and achieving a reputation as one of the best courses of its kind in the country. Previously at the forefront of the widening participation agenda, the University can rightly claim that this programme has ensured that many students with credible experience have been able to secure good quality degrees that would have been denied them had the emerging concentration on ‘A’ level attainment been enforced. Read more of this post

Queen Mary UCU votes for strike action

On a 55% turnout Queen Mary UCU members have voted for strike action and action short of a strike over redundancies and performance management issues. 65% voted for strike action and 81% for action short of a strike. Read more of this post

1st EAN broadsheet out!

We’ve produced our first broadsheet. Feel free to print out copies; the cover doubles up as a poster. We’re already starting to compile articles for the 2nd edition, so email us if you’re interested in getting involved. 

A PDF version can be downloaded hereImage

PROTEST WORKS – EAN Speaking tour alongside JEREMIE BEDARD-WIEN, Exec member of CLASSE, QUEBEC

In conjunction with DTRTP ,  the Education Activist Network will doing a meetings tour in universities across the country with Jérémie Bédard-Wien, executive member of CLASSE in Québec where a mass student strike against fees increases defied a repressive emergency law 78 to win substantial victories.

Jeremie Bedard-Wien will be talking about how protest won out -alongside others including Alfie Meadows, student defendant from the protests against fees in Britain, Autumn 2010.

Jeremie says:

“UK students face tripling tuition fees, the closure of departments and the deportation of international students. In this difficult context, the struggle CLASSE led against tuition increases has been an inspiration for many. Scarcely social movements manage to become what has been dubbed a “maple spring”: however, our successes can be replicated. We stand in solidarity with progressive struggles in the UK and elsewhere. This tour aims to strengthen ties between our movements and discuss the best way we can move forward, together. Everywhere, students are rising against neoliberal reforms to higher education. Our response to these attacks must be global.”

Full speakers list and times to be confirmed soon.

Student Solidarity and the Quebecois Example

The streets of Quebec have been been echoing with the clanging and chiming of pots and pans, the sounds of the student uprising that has swept this province of eight million the last eight months. Sparked off by the provincial government’s move to raise tuition fees by 75%, over three hundred thousand students went on strike in the longest and largest popular movement in Canadian history. Armed with squares of red felt clinging to their collars, students underwent months of nightly demonstrations, daily direct actions and monthly general strikes, morphing into a ‘social strike’ encompassing a significant cross-section of Quebecois society, and finally succeeding in toppling the government and reversing the tuition hike. Its greatest legacy ,  however, was in infusing a generation of young women and men with the spirit of democratic discourse, politicising not only the entire student body but also civil society at large. Read more of this post

EAN Materials for freshers fairs

At this year’s freshers’ fairs EAN activists and supporters should be aiming to take photos of students holding up the sign ‘Hands off our classmates’. Groups then should launch a blog/tumblr/fb page along the lines of ‘KCL/Essex/Goldsmiths/Manchester/Hull students say: Hands off London Met! Hands off our classmates’.

To follow up from freshers groups should invite an international student from London Met to address the first assembly of the year. This will help to build the network in the run-up to the TUC demonstration on October 20.

Below you can find various materials that can help you build momentum for the upcoming hot autumn. If you want to have an EAN speaker address your assembly/Students Union general meeting or have any materials you want to share with activists from across the country please e-mail educationactivist@gmail.com

EAN Pledge for #demo2012


EAN Poster for London Met

EAN poster – Students & Workers

EAN briefing – Victory in Quebec

EAN briefing – What does austerity mean for Greek universities

EAN Briefing – Some tips to build the demo

EAN Briefing – 5 reasons to defend publically funded education

Hands off our classmate – Solidarity with London Met

MOTION 2012 – Affiliation

London Met – Defend Our Students – London Demonstration Friday 28/9

London Met – Defend Our Students – London Demonstration Friday 28/9.

Demo Leaflet for September 28