This notice is a bit late, but the University and College Union (UCU) is part way through a major strike against an attack on the USS pension for teaching and support staff. The Cambridge UCU branch has produced a strong and energetic strike with high student support, and has our full solidarity!Read more
Wednesday 1 November / 5 p.m. / Audit Room, King's College, King's Parade, Cambridge CB2 1ST
The latest seminar in the Critical Theory and Practice series organized by students and staff at the University of Cambridge will discuss the tremendous student protests of 2010, in the light of the publication of Matt Myers's oral history Student Revolt. (The protests were set off by the coalition government's early austerity measures in higher education, above all the near tripling of tuition fees.) Myers and Nick Evans as participants will speak alongside the current student activist Ed McNally. The seminar is co-hosted by Cambridge Defend Education, the key student organization founded here at the time.
Thursday 3 November / 7 p.m. / Outer Parlour, Pembroke College, Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1RF
The student group Cambridge Defend Education will hold its first open meeting of the academic year tomorrow night. Among other things, the meeting will discuss what the government's reforms mean for higher education, and how we can fight for free education and diverse curriculums.
Tuesday 5 July / 11 a.m. / Donkey Common (on the corner of Gonville Place and Mill Road), Cambridge CB1
Two of our education unions will strike tomorrow in Cambridge. Members of the Cambridgeshire National Union of Teachers are striking over the effect on pay and conditions of the government's reforms in children's education; members of the Anglia Ruskin University and College Union are striking over falling real pay, a persistent gender pay gap, and the increasing use of casual contracts in higher education.Read more
Monday 20 June / 5 p.m. / Room 2, Mill Lane Lecture Rooms, Mill Lane, Cambridge CB2 1RX
A panel this afternoon will discuss the campaign for an alternative to the harmful marketization policies of the government's white paper on higher education, Success as a Knowledge Economy. Two founding members of the Council for the Defence of British Universities, Stefan Collini and David Midgley (University of Cambridge), and two contributors to the 'alternative white paper' titled Knowledge for a Successful Society, Kerry Harman (Birkbeck) and Sean Wallis (University College London), will speak and take questions.
Wednesday 25 May / 12.30 p.m. / Wesley Methodist Church, Christ's Pieces, Cambridge CB1 1LG
Members of the University and College Union (UCU) on the academic and support staffs at Anglia Ruskin University and the University of Cambridge will strike tomorrow and the next day for better pay, gender equality, and improved job security. The employers' national offer of a 1.1 per cent pay rise doesn't address a decline of 14.5 per cent in the real value of average pay in higher education since 2009, and they have refused to offer any action on the stubborn gender pay gap or their increasing use of casual contracts.Read more
We send a message of solidarity to the students who demonstrated in London today against the Conservative government's elitist policy in further and higher education, among them many from the two universities which are jewels of our city. We send special greetings to the organizers, the National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts, and to demonstrators from the intermural student organizations that joined us in May for the Cambridge March Against Austerity: Cambridge Defend Education, Cambridge Marxist Society, Cambridge Universities Labour Club, and Cambridge Young Greens. We also congratulate Cambridge University Students' Union for its decision to organize free transport.Read more
Wednesday 4 November / 12 midday / Malet Street, London WC1E
Students will take to the streets next week to protest the government's elitist education reforms – deep cuts in further and continuing education, the abolition of maintenance grants and likely still higher fees in higher education – and to demand free education and living grants (in the sense of a living wage) for all. The demonstration is called by the National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts.Read more
Wednesday 11 March / 6.45 p.m. / Lab 002, Anglia Ruskin University, East Road, Cambridge CB1 1PT
As part of the parallel education manifesto campaigns by the National Union of Teachers and the University and College Union, the two unions are holding an Education Question Time in Cambridge, with the teachers and educationalists Tony Booth (University of Cambridge), Julia Flutter (Cambridge Primary Review Trust), Philipa Harvey (NUT), Andrew McGettigan (Central St Martins and City Lit), and Wendy Scott (consultant). Their expertise will be on hand as we work out, what education system do we have? And what education system do we want?
We're asked to register to attend this free event.