Link 13 Feb 9 notes Politics and International Relations courses under threat at University of the West of England! Oppose course closures, sign and share the petition!»

philosophy-of-praxis:

UWE is engaged in a “portfolio review” which is looking at the potential closure of the undergraduate courses of: Politics; International Relations; History and Politics; Politics and International Relations, along with the postgraduate course in Human Rights. While I’m completely biased by being a student on the politics course in thinking that these are excellent and should be well supported, my opinion is shared in the student satisfaction responses. The courses also have an excellent intake of new students. Campaigning to keep humanities degrees available at universities which cater predominately to working class students is of such vital importance and the more support we can build while this is in its early stages the better!

Please take 2 minutes to sign and share the petition:

http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/defend-politics-and-international-relations-at-uwe/

UWE students can also get more involved by joining the facebook group:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/210023885804718/

and attending the general meeting on how we intend to fightback, which is this Monday at 6pm:

https://www.facebook.com/events/480612638654881/

Please SIGNAL BOOST!

Video 9 Feb 4 notes

Pictures from inside the occupation at Sussex

Link 7 Feb Sussex SWSS Occupy Against Privatisation!»

Solidarity with Sussex SWSS! Every job counts.

In solidarity with the large group of Sussex students who are currently occupying Bramber House, staff and students will meet in Library Square to denounce the University’s plans to privatise services which are essential to campus life. Such privatisation includes food-outlets, porters, cleaners, security and much more. 235 people risk redundancies, lowered wages and pensions and more precarious working-conditions, all the while the University is making millions in profits.

This is a continuation of the successful demonstration that took place on Thursday, February 7 and is part of the broader resistance against the undemocratic practices of university management.

Please come along with YELLOW items of clothing and any pots & pans or drums, to show a united opposition to these plans. After a few speeches in Library Square, the demonstration will move outside of Bramber House for a rally with guest-speakers from Sussex County Hospital and other places, more information closer to the time.

www.sussexagainstprivatization.wordpress.com

https://twitter.com/search?q=occupy_sussex

Video 17 Nov 2,115 notes

israelfacts:

Israeli Bombing Cuts Off Palestinian From CNN Interview

Sporadic bombing can be heard all throughout the interview from the Palestinian side, at times from extremely close range. Mohammed Rabah Suliman allows the bombs to speak for themselves: “You can hear everything, I’m not going to comment on anything that is going on outside.” He is finally cut off by an explosion right next to him, almost knocking him off the chair. No bombing is heard from the side of his Israeli counterpart.

3 Israelis have so far been killed in the latest round of violence, while ten times more Palestinians have been killed, 8 of whom were babies and children.

Photo 15 Nov 765 notes israelfacts:

Smoke rises after Israeli airstrikes in the northern Gaza Strip on November 14, 2012. Israel’s latest attacks on Gaza have killed 10 people so far, as aerial and sea bombardment continue into the night. The dead include an 11-month-old baby and a seven-year-old girl.
The blockaded coastal enclave has a densely packed population of about 1.5 million people living inside 140 square miles.
(Photograph: Reuters / Darren Whiteside)

israelfacts:

Smoke rises after Israeli airstrikes in the northern Gaza Strip on November 14, 2012. Israel’s latest attacks on Gaza have killed 10 people so far, as aerial and sea bombardment continue into the night. The dead include an 11-month-old baby and a seven-year-old girl.

The blockaded coastal enclave has a densely packed population of about 1.5 million people living inside 140 square miles.

(Photograph: Reuters / Darren Whiteside)

Link 15 Nov 7 notes Not One More Bomb! Stop the Israeli Attacks on Gaza Now!»

philosophy-of-praxis:

Solidarity demonstration in support of Palestinians besieged by the latest attacks by the state of Israel.

Tomorrow (Friday 16th), 5pm, at The Fountains in Bristol.

Callout to all Bristol based activists and concerned citizens.  Please signal boost!

Photo 15 Nov 79 notes Suggestions for how people should’ve voted in the Police Commissioner polls today!
fuckyeahgenderstudies:

Here’s my vote for Police Commissioner.

Suggestions for how people should’ve voted in the Police Commissioner polls today!

fuckyeahgenderstudies:

Here’s my vote for Police Commissioner.

Photo 31 Oct 1 note
Link 25 Oct 2 notes Ministers 'underestimated cost of university policy'»

The government has “seriously” miscalculated the cost of its higher education policy, the Higher Education Policy Institute (Hepi) claims.

The research body says the government underestimated how much universities charge in fees and overestimated how much graduates will earn in future.

It says the revenue the government expects to get back from loans made to students is “highly uncertain”.

The Office for Budget Responsibility has said that loans will add 0.2% to inflation the first year they are introduced which could lead to “bigger rises in various state benefits and civil service pensions”, the study says.

It says ministers were wrong to think universities would charge average fees of £7,500 a year, saying tuition fees actually average nearly £1,000 more than this.

Graduate earnings

Hepi is also concerned that the government has overestimated the future earning potential of graduates at £75,000 per year, down from an earlier assumption of £100,000.

Hepi says this is still an “extremely optimistic assumption” given the nature of the world economy and the UK’s in particular.

"That is based on an assumption that the future will be like the past, which is an optimistic and probably unwise assumption," the report says.

It also raises concerns that the government has assumed the rate of salary increases will be evenly spread among all graduates.

Hepi says that over the past 30 years top earning graduates have increased their salaries “very substantially”, while those earning the median or less have had more modest increases if any.

"If low earners increase their incomes by less than higher earners, as has happened in the past, then this seriously impacts on the repayments that the government will receive."

"One of these is that they have assumed average fees of £7,500 - we know that average fees are over £8,200. They haven’t changed their assumption."

"If we are right, and the new policies cost very much more than has been budgeted - and may actually cost more than the arrangements that they have replaced - then there could be serious consequences - for the higher education sector, but more widely as well.

"Either future taxpayers will need to pay more, or other parts of the higher education budget will need to be cut, or student numbers will need to be held down even further than presently planned, or former students will have to repay more."

Read the full article. [x]

For some reason putting people in debt to the tune of a small mortgage, upon the assumption they may get a good job, at a time when the job market is plummeting faster than a lead zeppelin, wasn’t a good idea.

WHO KNEW!?  (Most people actually … but it’s nice to see that HEPI and the Beeb are catching up with us on that one …)

Photo 17 Oct 5 notes Privatisation and the NHS.
Meeting this coming Tuesday 23rd.  More info here.

Privatisation and the NHS.

Meeting this coming Tuesday 23rd.  More info here.


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