24 Jan 2012

DAILY TELEGRAPH REPORT

The Daily Telegraph has today reported that the government plans to shelve
its Higher Education bill - http://tgr.ph/xVoNXl

for comment see:
http://www.wonkhe.com/2012/01/24/he-bill-to-be-dropped/

HOWARD HOTSON TALK

Do British Universities need Radical Reform? Howard Hotson, Professor of
Early Modern Intellectual History, University of Oxford. Faculty of
Education, 184 Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 8PQ (Donald McIntyre Building,
room GS4). Thursday 16 February 2012, 17:30-19:00

THE HUMANITIES AND THE CRISIS OF THE PUBLIC UNIVERSITY

An article on recent HE upheavals from the journal *Representations* is
attached. The whole Special Issue on 'The Humanities and the Crisis of the
Public University' is at http://www.representations.org/ and is accessible
through JSTOR.

EDUCATION CUTS WATCH

now open for business at:
https://educationcutswatch.wikispaces.com/

PUBLIC UNIVERSITY PETITION

Warwick students are requesting all those interested in the future of
higher education in England to sign a petition condemning the Government's
White Paper: "Putting Students at the Heart of the System" and instead
urging the Government to implement the proposals of the Alternative White
Paper, drawn up by academics last summer, entitled "In Defence of Public
Education". The petition is here and it is important you sign it, and then
send it on to your colleagues, students, friends and family.

http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/25458

With 100,000 signatures, this will force a debate in the Commons. But more
important than that is the start of a larger campaign and series of actions
highlighting what academics themselves have called "a reckless gamble, a
dangerous experiment in university funding with no precedent in British
experience" in relation to this White Paper. With your help, we can stop
this Bill going through Parliament, and stop the marketisation of our
higher education system. The full text of the White Paper is here:
http://discuss.bis.gov.uk/hereform/white-paper/
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