The past few weeks have seen the Facebook-Twitter-verse abuzz with claim after claim, statement and counter statement, from the various forces currently aligned in pitched battle over the question of anti-Semitism. Rumblings, coming out of Oxford University’s Labour Students as their co-chair resigned saying that their club seemed ‘generally to have some kind of problem with Jews’, were widely dismissed as right wing manoeuvrings. Then there was the media explosion that threatened to overshadow the huge and unprecedented achievement of Malia Bouattia in becoming the first black Muslim woman to become president of the NUS , not to mention her track record as a genuine and committed campaigner for liberation and for Palestinian rights. And now we have the suspensions of Naz Shah, Ken Livingstone, and three Labour Councillors this week. Surely more examples of baseless right wing opportunism?
Unfortunately, there is more to this than such a convenient narrative. Continue reading.
On the 9th of March this year, Birmingham Socialist Students had the great joy of hosting a fundraising night to support the Albert Street Project – a charity organisation that provides meals, clothes and company to the homeless and less fortunate people of Birmingham. The night consisted of live music delivered by the alternative folk performer Mikey Kenney (see his website here), with representatives from Albert Street and many of our own Socialist Students present.
Continue reading “Throwback Thursday: Mikey Kenney and the Albert Street Project”
As stated in the official Socialist Students aims and policies (see what we stand for here), we as a society would like to reiterate one of our most integral stances:
No to sexism, racism, homophobia and all forms of discrimination, and a no platform for fascists;
Continue reading “A Statement on Zero-Tolerance”
In November 2015, the flag-ship policy document of this government’s approach to Higher Education was released for consultation. While Andrew Lansley’s 2012 Health and Social Care Act brought reforms of the NHS that were ‘so big you could see them from space’, these reforms similarly mark a step change acceleration in the nature of governance of Higher Education. Following the important release of graduate earnings data by the Institute of Fiscal Studies this week , here’s why this matters. Continue reading “The Teaching Excellence Framework: what it is, and why we need to beat it”
The following article has been put together by a University of Birmingham student who has asked to remain anonymous. In the article, this student has explored how the removal of DSA influences them personally, as well as the impact it will have across the country.
Solidarity with the Save DSA activists.
Continue reading “Save DSA: A UoB Student’s Plea”
On Wednesday the 16th of March, the second consultation about the restructuring of the Birmingham Modern Languages department took place.
The first consultation meeting attracted only a handful of students after they were given just 24 hours notice from the University. Yet on the back of a one-thousand-strong petition in support of a hostile open letter from a Languages student1, this meeting filled an entire lecture room with students demanding clear answers.
The proposals obtained by Socialist Students to the Languages department include redundancies of 12 language-focused staff members (in order to then hire 10 new research-focused staff) as well as the casualization of remaining teaching staff, who will be transferred from 100% contracts to 75% contracts that will not pay over the summer semester. The sheer level of anger the attendees felt towards these proposals was clear; many students expressed their concerns over staff cuts, and their worries that the standard of teaching may be affected by these staff changes. Continue reading “Staff and students build the fight back against redundancies at the University of Birmingham”