The Times Higher Education notes the growing support for the ‘Manifesto for Higher Education’ initiated by Michael Bailey and Des Freedman, authors of the forthcoming The Assault on Universities: A Manifesto for Resistance:
Hundreds of academics, writers and other campaigners from across the world have signed a “manifesto” calling on the coalition government and UK universities to reverse policies that they say are leading to the commercialisation of higher education.
The itemised petition, created as part of a new book by two academics on the impact of the government’s reforms, calls for public spending to be brought in line with other European countries and asks for an end to the culture of “customer satisfaction”.
The signatories include academics and leading officers from student unions as well as more high-profile figures, including Neal Lawson, chair of the think tank Compass, and Labour MP John McDonnell.
The THE comments:
The Assault on Universities: A Manifesto for Resistance, to be published in the summer, will look at how market forces have altered the purpose of universities, including the effect on the nature of teaching.
Visit the Times Higher Education to read the article in full.
Visit the Manifesto for Higher Education for more information about the demands in the manifesto, signatories and the book.
A Manifesto for Resistance
Edited by Michael Bailey and Des Freedman
“The corporatising of universal education is one of the most insidious and dangerous attacks on the very notion of human rights. This book calls us to arms. Every student, every educator who cares should read it.” – John Pilger
“This is an essential book. The future of our universities is up for grabs and the manifesto will play a huge role in providing alternatives at a time when the government say there aren’t any.” – Clare Solomon, President of the University of London Union (ULU) and editor of Springtime (2011)