23 April 2012

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Please note the following items, items 1 and 3 of which are
particularly time sensitive/urgent:

1. UNIVERSITY DISCUSSION OF SELECTIVE CHARGING AND SENTENCE ON APRIL 24TH

2. TEXT OF THE UNIVERSITY'S RULING IN THE OWEN HOLLAND CASE LEAKED

3. UCU MEMBERS NEEDED TO CALL FOR EMERGENCY GENERAL MEETING ABOUT
SUSPENDED STUDENT

4. UNIVERSITIES MINISTER FINALLY COMMENTS ON STUDENT'S RUSTICATION

5. A C GRAYLING PUTS A BRAVE FACE ON STEVE JONES'S WITHDRAWAL FROM HIS
UNIVERSITY

Details below.

1. UNIVERSITY DISCUSSION OF SELECTIVE CHARGING AND SENTENCE ON APRIL 24TH

A reminder that there will be a Discussion of topic of concern: "The
selective and unreasonable punishment of a single student for a
collective act of protest by students and senior members" in the
Senate House at 2pm on Tuesday 24th April 2012. The Reporter entry for
the Discussion is at:
http://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/reporter/2011-12/weekl/6261/section1.shtml#heading2-4

Please consider attending this Discussion and/or making remarks (or
having some read for you) at it; and encourage your colleagues to do
the same. If you are willing to read remarks for those who cannot
attend, please contact Bruce Beckles (mbb10@cam.ac.uk).

Practically anyone associated with the University can speak at a
Discussion. For a Guide to taking part in Discussions, including
background on the Owen Holland case, see:
http://tinyurl.com/Discuss-not-justice

For further details about the trial proceedings and sentence see item 2 below.

2. TEXT OF THE UNIVERSITY'S RULING IN THE OWEN HOLLAND CASE LEAKED

A copy of what seems to be the leaked University document has been
posted anonymously at: http://bit.ly/J30gGE

As previously reported, 'The Cambridge Student' has revealed details
of the proceedings in an article on 16 April 2012, see:
http://www.tcs.cam.ac.uk/issue/news/exclusive-the-university-v-mr-owen-holland-university-court-document-leaked-to-tcs/

Also, 'The Tab' has placed what appears to be the leaked University
document on its Photostream at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/cambridgetab/sets/72157629838870281/
For 'The Tab' article which links to the document, see:
http://cambridgetab.co.uk/news/leaked-doc-protestor-penalized-for-piss-poor-poetry

3. UCU MEMBERS NEEDED TO CALL FOR EMERGENCY GENERAL MEETING ABOUT
SUSPENDED STUDENT

Cambridge UCU will be holding an EGM on Friday, 27 April 2012 at 1pm
at the University Social Club (Bramwell Lounge) to debate and agree
how they can support the campaign to get the University's decision
over the student's rustication reversed.  A few more UCU members need
to call for this EGM in order for the numbers to be sufficient.  If
you are a UCU member and are willing to call for this EGM please
contact Dr Anne Alexander (raa43@cam.ac.uk) as soon as possible.  The
text of the call for the EGM is as follows:

"We, the undersigned, wish to call an emergency general meeting of
Cambridge UCU in the first week of Easter Term 2012 to discuss what
action Cambridge UCU will take in response the University's suspension
of UCU member Owen Holland for two and a half years for his role in a
protest against the government's attacks on higher education"

4. UNIVERSITIES MINISTER FINALLY COMMENTS ON STUDENT'S RUSTICATION

from 'The Cambridge Student'

Universities Minister David Willetts has declined to offer any support
to PhD student Owen Holland, who was suspended for seven terms last
week for his involvement in an anti-Willetts protest last year.

Willetts had so far refused to comment on the matter, which has
outraged students and academics nationwide. However, appearing at the
European University Association's annual conference at the University
of Warwick on Friday, Willetts was asked about Holland's actions and
sentence by Allan Pall, president of the European Students Union.
Willetts responded: "It is important to sustain freedom of speech in
universities, but it was the only time that I have been shouted down
and been unable to give a speech. I had many people who wrote in and
were very shocked about what happened."

Of the punishment, he added: "It is a matter for the university and
for their disciplinary procedures."

Willetts said he was still keen to engage with students despite the
hostile receptions that have greeted some of his visits to
universities. "One can engage with students," he said. "I was at
Southampton where students were addressing me through a loudhailer.
They could not hear me because they were talking so loudly, so I was
able to use their loudhailer to speak to them."

...

University Council sources confirm that Vice-Chancellor Sir Leszek
Borysiewicz phoned Willetts following the protest to apologise in a
personal capacity for the hijacking of his speech. Two days after the
protest, the University Council issued a "Statement on the Principle
of Freedom of Speech in the University", expressing "its deep regret"
that "the actions of a small group of protestors [sic]" had prevented
Willetts from speaking. The statement went on: "The Council values
diversity of opinion and view. It believes that freedom of expression
and speech is a fundamental principle of the University. The action of
the protestors [sic] violated this principle."

whole story at http://www.tcs.cam.ac.uk/issue/news/universities-minister-finally-comments-on-students-rustication/

5. A C GRAYLING PUTS A BRAVE FACE ON STEVE JONES'S WITHDRAWAL FROM HIS
UNIVERSITY

from 'The Telegraph'

When Prof A C Grayling, the philosopher, announced plans for a private
university to rival Oxford and Cambridge, Prof Steve Jones was
trumpeted as one of its founding partners.

Mandrake can disclose that the leading geneticist and columnist for
The Daily Telegraph, has, however, had a change of heart after
learning that New College of the Humanities will charge fees of
?18,000 per year.

"Prof Grayling has had to set up his college at what is arguably the
worst possible time in terms of the economy," Jones told me.

"The fees that he has been forced to apply mean that it can now no
longer really claim to be about public education, and, for that
reason, I have, amicably, withdrawn from it. I don't rule out giving
the odd talk there. As the Emperor Vespasian said when he ordered a
new tax on public lavatories: 'pecunia non olet (money doesn't
smell)'."

The university, which welcomes its first students in October,
attempted to put a brave face on Jones's decision. "Steve Jones is now
a guest professor," its spokesman insisted, adding that the move had
come about because of "scheduling issues". The spokesman added that
Jones "still supports the college".

full story at http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/9205515/A-C-Grayling-puts-a-brave-face-on-Steve-Joness-withdrawal-from-his-university.html
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