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24 Sept 2014

1. CHAIR OF CHINESE DEVELOPMENT STUDIES
2. STEVEN SALAITA
3. MARINA WARNER ON QUITTING THE UNIVERSITY OF ESSEX
4. OCCUPY WALL STREET OFFSHOOT WANTS TO PAY YOUR STUDENT DEBT


1. CHAIR OF CHINESE DEVELOPMENT STUDIES

Message from Tarak Barkawi:

'Dear CACHE Members:

'I want to bring your attention to a donation for a chair accepted by the University and POLIS in 2012. A foundation run by Wen Jiabao's daughter appointed by name a professor of Chinese Development Studies in POLIS. The foundation is a lawyer's PO Box in Bermuda called "Respect China" or "Praise China" depending on translation. The professor, Peter Nolan, had a personal chair at the Judge where he taught (and has written with) Wen Jiabao's son in law. 

'Here is some of the reporting:

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

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10891469/Chinas-Red-Daughter-whose-charity-gave-Cambridge-3.7-million.html

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10892180/Ten-questions-Cambridge-University-must-now-answer-over-the-Chong-Hua-donation.html

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10890356/Revealed-Wen-Jiabaos-family-is-behind-Cambridge-University-professorship.html?

'Here is my op-ed:

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2012/02/2012269402871736.html

'Here is Professor Nolan:

http://www.devstudies.cam.ac.uk/people/peternolan

'This matter is still being investigated by the Telegraph, the New York Times, and others and there are more revelations to come. ?If anyone can be of assistance in this matter, or knows facts not yet reported, please do get in touch with Peter Foster at the Telegraph (peter.foster@telegraph.co.uk?). He will respect confidentiality.' 

==============================
Tarak Barkawi
Department of International Relations
London School of Economics
Houghton St. 
London WC2A 2AE
UK
Email: tarak.barkawi@gmail.com


2. STEVEN SALAITA

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2014/09/22/salaita-case-illustrates-two-cultures-academe-many-experts-say

http://www.theguardian.com/education/2014/sep/09/professor-israel-criticism-twitter-university-illinois

https://www.opendemocracy.net/priyamvada-gopal/when-?liberals?-fail-to-defend-academic-freedom


3. MARINA WARNER ON QUITTING THE UNIVERSITY OF ESSEX

http://www.lrb.co.uk/v36/n17/marina-warner/diary

http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/news/attempts-to-gag-and-silence-academics-are-commonplace/2015692.article#.VBGFUGLC_lM.twitter


4. OCCUPY WALL STREET OFFSHOOT WANTS TO PAY YOUR STUDENT DEBT

http://america.aljazeera.com/opinions/2014/9/strike-student-debt.html

http://www.newsweek.com/occupy-wall-street-offshoot-rolling-jubilee-wants-pay-your-student-debt-271273

http://strikedebt.org

Terms of the Hawking Professorship: a worrying threat to academic independence and equal pay

‘NON PLACET’ REVISITED

The ballot on the Stephen W. Hawking Professorship of Cosmology closes on Monday 24 February at 5 pm. Anyone who has a vote should use it. These plans will define the nature of donations to the University for generations to come, and they set two dangerous precedents. Firstly, in establishing a post-tenure review procedure, they pave the way for a wider use of such reviews, whether for professors or for all academic staff. Secondly, in pitching the salary of a post outside existing pay scales, they threaten to undermine the University-wide pay structure, which offers a modicum of fairness in a world increasingly governed by the logic of divide and rule.

The terms of the donation have been written into a deed that guarantees an outsized payment for the chair-holder—whilst ensuring that the University nonetheless pays a substantial part of her/his salary. After lengthy discussions, and taking advice from external lawyers, a divided Council acknowledged that pay-equality issues would be raised were the bonus payment to be channeled through the University. But such issues are supposedly circumvented by paying the top-up directly to the incumbent—which is what is now proposed. We are assured that the Trustees will take account of conventions for pay within the University, but that promise has absolutely no legal teeth.

The performance of the chair-holder will be reviewed after 7  and 12 years in post, when it can be extended to a maximum of 17 years. There are no other positions in the University with an equivalent requirement, excluding the Royal Society Research Professorships, where tenure is determined by an external institution. As well as making the position less desirable in itself, and threatening existing tenure arrangements, the time-limited nature of the Chair may create funding problems. Paying the ‘former’ Hawking Professors will strip the department of money that could be spent on new hires.

If we agree to the proposed arrangements for the Chair, the University’s donors will in future be free to ignore existing employment practices and to impose their own arrangements as a condition of their gifts. This is clearly unacceptable. So too is the threat to tenure, which will contribute to a climate in which academic staff are reluctant to undertake independent research and to express independent views for fear of reprisals. Hence the importance of a no vote in the current ballot.

Boycott the next REF

A new Facebook group for those who have had enough…

This is a group for academics who are interested in organising a multidisciplinary, cross-institutional boycott of the next Research Excellence Framework exercise, which is likely to take place in 2019 or 2020. Members of this group believe that, whatever laudable aims the REF and its predecessor the RAE were intended to serve, they have repeatedly failed to take account of the diversity of forms taken by academic research in the modern university. The effects of the system have been highly demoralizing and divisive and have distorted academic priorities to such an extent that they ought no longer to be tolerated by members of the academy. The ‘rules of the game’ in these waves of assessment have frequently been either obscure or vacuous, and new elements (such as ‘impact’), added to the assessment criteria at short notice, have only made the bankruptcy of those criteria more obvious. It is time to call a halt to the REF with the 2013 exercise.

You can join the group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/boycottref/

23 April 2012

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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

23 March 2012

1. LETTER TO THE VICE-CHANCELLOR RE PUNISHMENT OF OWEN HOLLAND

Please find below (and attached) a letter that will be sent to the 
Vice-Chancellor next week. If you would like to add your signature to it, 
please email your name, with title, and with college affiliation where 
applicable, to cachecampaigns@yahoo.co.uk.

The deadline for signatures is midnight on Tuesday (27th).

Due to the content of the letter, it has been thought best to limit
signatories to current or former staff at the University. However, links
to further petitions can be found here:

https://donsspeakout.wordpress.com/

Dear Vice-Chancellor,

We deplore and condemn in the strongest possible terms the harsh
sentence of rustication for seven terms imposed on Owen Holland after
his conviction for 'impeding freedom of speech'.

In imposing this sentence, the Court of Discipline has brought the
University into disrepute.We note the negative publicity in broadsheet
newspapers, in respected political magazines, and in other national and
international media.In these circumstances, it behoves the Council to
take prompt action to remedy this situation on behalf of the Regent
House and other concerned members of the University.

The unreasonable severity of the sentence has destroyed our confidence
in the Court.We think this case calls into question the University's own
procedures for administering justice; we therefore call for a review of
the processes used by the Court of Discipline, in order to guarantee
that they are as transparent and as fair as the University's members
require.

It is essential that the University leadership make clear to our
students, academics and other staff - past, present, and future -- that
public protest is a legitimate activity.Irrespective of individual
opinions regarding the protest action itself, the punishment of Owen
Holland will cause untold damage to the long-term vitality and
independence of the University community, particularly the student
body.This is unacceptable.

We demand Owen Holland's reinstatement with immediate effect.

2. OVER 50 ACADEMICS SIGN LETTER CONDEMNING STUDENT CONVICTION

http://www.defendeducation.co.uk/over-50-academics-sign-letter-condemning-student-conviction

3. PRESS COVERAGE OF WEDNESDAY'S SILENT PROTEST

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-17462538

http://www.varsity.co.uk/news/4633

http://www.tcs.cam.ac.uk/issue/news/students-and-staff-stage-silent-protest-as-cambridge-university-chancellor-installed/

http://www.tcs.cam.ac.uk/uncategorized/this-is-not-justice-stop-the-sentence-owen-holland-petition-delivered-to-vice-chancellor/

http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/Home/New-chancellor-of-Cambridge-University-installed-21032012.htm

08 Mar 2012

1. LETTER TO UNIVERSITY ADVOCATE RE STUDENT PROSECUTION

for context see 
http://www.tcs.cam.ac.uk/issue/news/student-singled-out-for-punishment-over-willetts-protest/ 

 >>>>>>>>>>>>>
Dr R Thornton
University Advocate
University of Cambridge
Emmanuel College
Cambridge

7th March 2012

Dear Dr Thornton,

We understand that a student has been charged with “recklessly or
intentionally impeding free speech within the Precincts of the
University” in connection with the protest action which took place at
Lady Mitchell Hall on the 22nd of November 2011 when the Minister for
Universities and Science Mr David Willetts was scheduled to speak.

We regard the prosecution of a single junior member of the University
as arbitrary and wrong: we wish to point out that this was a collective
act and that we the undersigned were all involved in it – whether
directly or indirectly, actively or in a supportive capacity. We
therefore ask that the same charge be brought against each of us before
the appropriate University court.

Signed by the following:

RA Alexander
R Arnott-Davies, CC
M Barford, T
N Bazin K
MB Beckles, K
D Benjamin, T
A Booth R
RE Bower CL
R Braude PEM
S Carlo CHU
A Diver CC
CR Doherty JN
A Odin Ekman W
BK Etherington CHU
L Finlayson K
JB Frances K
R Geuss
A Gilligan JN
P Gopal CHU
S Haf HOM
M Hrebeniak W
K Jenkins EM
J Katko Q
JV Kinsella CHU
S Langsdale K
M Laven JES
A MacDonald K
L McMahon K
L McNulty HOM
TJ Miley DAR
M.J. Morey F
G Mulligan G
C Mouhot K
D Morris CC
F Musallam JN
G Oppitz-Trotman JN
O Oriogun-Williams CL
B Patrick N
C Page SID
T Phibbs K
JH Prynne CAI
JE Riley W
A Ring N
LW Roberts JN
J Scott-Warren CAI
H Sillitoe K
A Shahvisi DAR
GM Stevenson FITZ
S Stillwell G
F Taylor JN
I Urquhart HOM
W Yaqoob PEM
CH Walker-Gore SE
J Whitfield K
H Warner CTH
A Wood T
AE Zurcher Q

cc The Vice-Chancellor
 >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

If you wish to be added to this letter, please send your name and 
college to cachecampaigns@yahoo.co.uk posted at

http://www.defendeducation.co.uk/charge-us-all-mr-vice-chancellor-and-university-advocate-thornton

and on this site, here.

 2. ATTORNEY SPEAKS OUT ON STRAUSS-KAHN CASE IN CAMBRIDGE

Friday, March 9th, 1pm - 3pm, LG16, Law Faculty

You may have seen the news coverage, in the student, national or 
international press, of the Cambridge Union's invitation to Dominique 
Strauss-Kahn to come and speak on the economy. The CUSU Women's Campaign 
is proud to announce that it will be hosting Nafissatou Diallo's 
attorney, who is pursuing a civil case against Strauss-Kahn for sexual 
assault in the US, to discuss the details of the case as well as how 
legal systems can systemically disadvantage both women and immigrants.

Freelance writer, blogger and trade union activist Cath Elliott will be 
speaking on rape myths and the cultural problems that result in 
survivors of rape and sexual assault being ignored or blamed for the 
crimes perpetrated against them. You can see some of her work here: 

http://tinyurl.com/88k9jbn

Another speaker will be confirmed shortly.

This is a fantastic opportunity to learn more about the institutional 
problems in both the law and society, through the lens of a specific, 
famous legal case, and through a broader discussion of the problems that 
face women who experience sexual violence. This event will be 
particularly relevant to anyone interested in the law, politics, women's 
rights activism, and the media, and is open to all.

https://www.facebook.com/events/180227732089109

*** Background***

Strauss-Kahn lost his position as head of the IMF in May 2011 after 
being accused of rape and sexual assault by Nafissatou Diallo in New 
York. Strauss-Kahn has since been further accused of attempted rape and 
sexual assault by journalist Tristane Banon. Strauss-Kahn admitted 
'sexual aggression', but the case was not able to go to trial due to a 
time constraint on cases of sexual assault in the French legal system. 
He is currently under investigation in connection with a prostitution 
ring in Lille, France.

After the speakers' event, people will meet at 17.30 outside Great St 
Mary's Church, and walk to the Union, where local groups and students 
will protest Strauss-Kahn's presence to speak on the economy without 
reference to the ongoing civil case in the US, and ongoing investigation 
into pimping and fraud. People will have the opportunity to talk about 
sexual violence against women from their perspectives if they wish. See 
the facebook event for more details:

https://www.facebook.com/events/353792344651397/

3. V-C: UNIVERSITY CONSIDERING GOING PRIVATE

Sir Leszek Borysiewicz has announced that the University is considering 
abandoning state funding in order to become a private institution, The 
Sunday Times has reported.

http://www.tcs.cam.ac.uk/issue/news/university-vice-chancellor-hints-cambridge-may-go-private-2/

see also (for subscribers!)

http://www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/news/uk_news/Education/article878026.ece

4. THE THREAT TO OUR UNIVERSITIES

What are universities for? Should they be businesses 'competing on 
price'? Are students 'consumers', concerned only with getting jobs? A 
half-baked market ideology informs official thinking about higher 
education, and it undermines an ideal that a vast number of people cherish.

Read Stefan Collini's article at 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/feb/24/threat-to-our-univerisities 

10 Feb 2012

1. THIS SUNDAY:

'WHERE NEXT?': CDE / CACHE CONFERENCE -- SUNDAY 12 FEBRUARY 2012

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.

TIME: Sunday, 12 February, 12-5 VENUE: GR 06/07, English Faculty Building, 
9 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DP [A map can be downloaded at 
http://g.co/maps/9k2hn]

Please contact camdefendeducation@gmail.com with any access queries or 
requirements, as well as general enquiries.

The conference will feature talks from the following presenters:

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)

These presentations will be 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).

Everybody welcome.

ACCESSIBILITY: The venue is accessible to wheelchair users. Please
contact camdefendeducation@gmail.com with any access queries or
requirements.

2. HOWARD HOTSON TALK NEXT WEEK

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

3. UCU AND TPS PENSIONS DISPUTE-A LEFT ANALYSIS

by Malcolm Povey, University of Leeds

at http://www.food.leeds.ac.uk/mp/mp_top/UCU_USS_POVEYstatement.pdf

4. REDE LECTURE 2012: THE PURPOSE OF THE UNIVERSITY

"The Rede Lecture 2012 on 16 February will be given by the Chairman of the 
Financial Services Authority, Lord Turner of Ecchinswell.

Adair Turner, who is an Honorary Fellow of Gonville and Caius College, will 
speak on "The purpose of the University: Knowledge and human wellbeing in 
the modern economy".

In his Lecture, Lord Turner will challenge common assumptions about the 
importance of economic growth maximisation and about the role of 
universities in achieving it.

He will question the dominant propositions that the primary objective of 
public policy should be to enhance long-term economic growth; and that 
therefore a primary objective of university research and undergraduate 
education should be to serve the interests of national productivity, 
national competitiveness and growth.

Against that background, he will set out a point of view on what the role 
of the university should be, both in relation to STEM subjects and to the 
arts and humanities.

The Rede Lecture 2012 will start at 5.30pm in the Senate House on Thursday 
16 February 2012. It is open to all, and will be followed by a reception in 
the University Combination Room. Senior Members of the University should 
wear gowns."

5. PUBLIC UNIVERSITY PETITION

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