DEMANDS ON GOVERNMENT:
Increase proportion of UK public expenditure devoted to higher education to at least the EU19 average of 1.1 per cent (up from 0.7 per cent) – a move that would bring in billions of pounds to the sector.
Restoration of maintenance grants and abolition of fees to be paid for through an increase in corporation tax and an increase to the top level of personal income tax.
Restoration of the block grant for all subjects.
Scrapping of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) and its replacement with a way of monitoring research work based on respect for the ability of individuals and groups of researchers to define their own research aims and priorities.
Scrapping of the National Student Survey and other forms of evaluation which perpetuate cultures of ‘customer satisfaction’ and quality control, and their replacement with forms of feedback that encourage meaningful reflection on teaching and learning.
Scrapping of the Points Based System of Immigration as it affects the higher education sector and a halt to punitive measures affecting the free movement of international staff and students.
DEMANDS ON UNIVERSITIES:
Commitment by employers to nationally agreed terms and conditions for all staff and recognition of trade unions to negotiate these terms and conditions.
Commitment by employers to address the gender pay gap with immediate effect.
A commitment to staff/student ratios at the OECD average or better.
Commitment by employers to move away from the use of hourly-paid contracts for teachers and to offer permanent contracts after two consecutive years of teaching.
Salaries of senior staff and vice-chancellors to be fixed as part of a nationally agreed scale with an income differential, as suggested by Citizens UK, of no more than a multiple of ten.
Universities to adopt mission statements, relevant to each institution, that recognise the obligation of institutions to foster independent and critical thought, to ensure access to the university for all social groups, and to seek the participation of the local community in the life of the university.
Democratisation of governing bodies through the allocation of equal votes to staff and student representatives, community members, and employers’ representatives.
An end wherever possible to the outsourcing of university services including catering, cleaning, international student recruitment, and sickness absence reporting; where outsourcing does take place, a commitment only to consider companies who recognise trade unions and who pay a Living Wage.
Commitment by employers to affordable, on-campus childcare provision.
Extension of the remit of research ethics committees to consider, with teeth, the ethics of research for the arms trade, the military and the nuclear industry.
Pledge by universities not to accept donations from individuals or regimes that refuse to sign a statement on academic freedom that guarantees the right of academics and researchers in the ‘donor’ countries to teach and research without fear of state intervention.
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So far, the petition has been signed by:
John McDonnell MP
John Pilger, writer and broadcaster
China Mieville, author
Nancy Fraser, Henry A. & Louise Loeb Professor of Philosophy and Politics, New School for Social Research, New York
Richard Sennett, School Professor of Sociology, emeritus The London School of Economics
Neal Lawson, chair of Compass
Karma Nabulsi, Fellow in Politics, Oxford University
Prof James Curran, Dept of Media and Communications, Goldsmiths, University of London
Fred Inglis, Emeritus Professor of Cultural Studies,University of Sheffield
Prof Angela McRobbie, Dept of Media and Communications, Goldsmiths, University of London
Prof Ernesto Laclau, Department of Comparative Literature, State University of New York at Buffalo
Wendy Brown, Emanuel Heller Professor of Political Science, University of California, Berkeley
Nick Davies, author, Flat Earth News
Scott McCracken, Professor of English Literature, Keele University
Etienne Balibar, Emeritus Professor of Philosophy, Université de Paris-Nanterre, Distinguished Professor of Humanities, University of California, Irvine.
Colin Leys, Emeritus Professor, Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada, and Hon. Professor at Goldsmiths, University of London
Andrew Ross, Department of Social and Cultural Analysis, Professor of American Studies, New York University
Lawrence Grossberg, Distinguished Professor of Communication Studies, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
Prof Toby Miller, University of California, Riverside
Prof Chantal Mouffe, University of Westminster
Prof Peter Hallward, Kingston University
Nina Power, Department of Humanities, Roehampton University
Prof Mieke Bal, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences
Clare Solomon, President University of London Union
Kanja Ibrahim Sesay, NUS Black Student Officer
Sam Mejias, President-elect, Institute of Education Students’ Union
Jade Baker, Education Officer, Westminster University Students’ Union
Luke Durigan, Education and Campaigns Officer-elect, UCL Students’ Union
Charlotte Gerada, General Secretary, LSE Students’ Union
Cameron Tait, President - University of Sussex Students’ Union
Daniel Lemberger Cooper, President-elect Royal Holloway Students Union
Louis Hartnoll, President, University of the Arts London Students’ Union
Prince Johnson, President, Institute of Education Students’ Union
Jasper Kain, Co-President, SOAS Students’ Union
Milaad Rajai, Co-President SOAS SU
Sean Rillo Raczka, Chair Birkbeck SU, NUS NEC, and Vice President-Elect, University of London Union
Ashok Kumar, Education Officer, LSE Students’ Union
Robyn Minogue, Education Officer, University of the Arts London Students’ Union
Claire Locke, Campaigns and Communications Officer, London Met Students Union
Michael Chessum, Education and Campaigns Officer – UCLU, National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts
Mark Bergfeld, NUS National Executive, Education Activist Network
Claudia Wilopo, Campaigns Officer, Royal Holloway Students’ Union
Joe Oliver, Education Officer, Sheffield University Students’ Union
Bernard Goyder, Campaigns Officer, SOAS Students Union
Hero Austin, Community and Welfare Officer, LSE Students’ Union
Nathan Bolton, Campaigns Officer, University of Essex Students Union
Patrick St. John, Founder, ForStudentPower.org
Ben Manski, Democratizing Education Network, former co-chair US Green Party
Professor Wendy Wheeler, London Metropolitan University
Dr Nick Thoburn , Sociology , University of Manchester
Timothy Bewes, Associate Professor, Brown University
Jeremy Gilbert, Reader in Cultural Studies, University of East London
Mike Cushman, Secretary LSE UCU
Tiziana Terranova,associate professor in the Sociology of Communications at the Dipartimento di Studi Americani, Culturali e Linguistici, Università degli Studi di Napoli ‘L’Orientale’
Mark Fisher, visiting fellow, Goldsmiths, University of London
Bruno Bosteels, Professor of Romance Studies, Cornell University, Editor, Diacritics
Prof Neil Smith, Sixth Century Chair in Geography and Social Theory, University of Aberdeen
David Miller, Professor of Sociology, University of Strathclyde
Harald Bauder, Associate Professor, Dept of Geography, Ryerson University, Canada