03 Feb 2012

1. WHERE NEXT? Moving Forward in the Fight for Higher Education

Sunday 12 February, 12pm-5pm

Faculty of English, 9 West Road, Cambridge

In January, we learned that the government would not pursue a Higher 
Education Bill this year. This was a vindication and a victory for 
students, academics, and staff who have spent the last two years 
campaigning against the government's destructive plans for universities.

But while some of the proposals will have been dropped with the HE Bill, 
others, it has been noted, "can still be achieved without primary 
legislation."

Without the clear chance to oppose government proposals in a Bill, what 
are the next steps for those who seek to challenge the privatisation, 
marketisation, and overall impoverishment of higher education?

Join students from Cambridge Defend Education (CDE) and academics from 
Cambridge Academic Campaign for Higher Education (CACHE) for a broad 
discussion of next steps in the campaign for public universities.

Featuring talks from
ANDREW MCGETTIGAN (independent researcher, http://andrewmcgettigan.org/)
DIANE REAY (Professor of Education, Cambridge; researcher on inequality 
in education)
UCU and STUDENT ACTIVISTS (to be confirmed)

followed by discussions led by JOHN HOLMWOOD (University of Nottingham; 
editor, A Manifesto for the Public University; Campaign for Public 
University)
and GURMINDER BHAMBRA (University of Warwick; Campaign for Public 
University)

MAP: http://g.co/maps/9k2hn
ACCESSIBILITY: The venue is accessible to wheelchair users. Please 
contact camdefendeducation@gmail.com with any access queries or 
requirements.

2. ANDREW MCGETTIGAN SLIDE PRESENTATION ON PRIVATIZATION IN HE

now posted at:
http://andrewmcgettigan.org/2012/01/28/slides-on-privatisation/

3. MYSTERY OF CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY'S £3.7 MILLION CHINESE BENEFACTORS

The Daily Telegraph reports that Cambridge University has come under 
pressure to reveal the identity of a mysterious Chinese foundation that 
is donating £3.7 million for a new professorship, amid fears that the 
pressure to raise funds may have exposed it to backdoor diplomacy by 
Beijing.

full article at 
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/universityeducation/9050447/Mystery-of-Cambridge-Universitys-3.7-million-Chinese-benefactors.html
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