Tag: higher education

‘The fight of our lives’ | Interview with Marian Mayer

Marian Mayer, candidate for Vice President of UCU, spoke to rs21 about the fightback in the higher and further education sectors

Returning to campus after ‘lockdown’

As UK universities draw up plans for mass redundancies and reopening of campuses, the marketisation of Higher Education is now putting lives and livelihoods at risk.

Resisting the onslaught on higher education

We need a national campaign to confront the attacks on higher education workers precipitated by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Strikes in the time of coronavirus

How can workers respond to the unfolding coronavirus crisis, without forfeiting our collective power?  A UCU member reflects. Originally published on Notes from Below.
Students sit on the floor in a doorway at University of Manchester underneath a handpainted banner reading 'Building occupied in support of UCU strikers'. Some hold a smaller banner reading 'Equal pay for BME staff'

Statement: Students stage occupations at 11 UK universities in support of UCU staff

Students occupy buildings at eleven UK universities in support of striking staff.

Report from the #FeministPickets

Last week we republished the call from Women’s Strike Assembly for feminists to link up with the current higher education strikes. rs21 members report from the #FeministPickets
Crowd with giant 'strike' lettering

A crucial week for the university strikes

With negotiations reportedly going well, but the current wave of strikes ending alongside the climate strikes on Friday, rs21 members explain why this is a crucial week and explore some of the debates among strikers.

Feminists to the pickets!

The Women's Strike Assembly are calling for feminists to link up with the current higher education strikes and organise feminist pickets on Monday 9 March 2020.
Crowd with banners and 'Strike' lettering

University strikes escalate from Monday

UCU and EIS members are briefly returning to work before escalating their strike on Monday. rs21 reports from the higher education strike around Britain.

Solidarity needs rebuilding, urgently

The university strikes provide an opportunity to relearn traditions of collective solidarity which strengthen both the strikers and those giving solidarity.

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Two Black protesters on a motorbike, one of them raises a fist, in front of a burning car in a dark city street.

revolutionary reflections | Capitalism, racialisation and resistance

Arjun Mahadevan argues that to build effective anti-racist struggles we need to acknowledge that racism was central to the development of capitalism.

Getting away with murder

The Overseas Operations Bill, which effectively 'decriminalises torture', is an insult to all those who seek accountability for the crimes of British imperialism.
NHS workers demonstrating over pay

Video: Fighting back and building power during the Covid crisis

Three separate activists draw lessons from fights to defend working-class lives and livelihoods inside and outside the workplace.

The BLM Summer and the US elections

Amidst an ongoing anti-racist uprising of unprecedented size and militancy, the US presidential election is approaching.

Eviction ban ends: how can renters fight back?

The government is trying to restart evictions just as a second wave of Covid-19 is arriving. We need to escalate our organising against evictions, rent debt and homelessness.
Pro-Palestine protesters in London.

Open letter: Palestinians in Britain demand freedom of speech

The Labour Party's willingness to censor criticism of Israel gives license to a broader crackdown on anti-racist, anti-Zionist speech across society.
Tate protesters opposing redundancies

Class struggle against Covid

We are facing a second wave of Covid-19 due to the reckless drive for profit of the capitalist class. Mass action from below is the key to stopping the virus – and remaking society in the interests of the majority.
Four protesters stand on top of Elbit's building with a banner reading "Shut down Elbit" and Palestine flags.

Palestine activists shut down Elbit arms factory

Activists are taking courageous direct action to shut down a factory owned by Elbit, Israel's largest private arms firm, which is also involved in policing migrants arriving to Britain.
Wildfires in California in 2015

Global fever

The Covid-19 pandemic is a foretaste of the approaching climate catastrophe. Andreas Malm's electrifying new book looks at both these crises and asks what we'll need to do to face them down.
A group of people tending to a small flowerbed under a windowsill.

What a way to make a living – A former mental health care worker

A former care worker details her experiences in residential mental healthcare.

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Wildfires in California in 2015

Global fever

The Covid-19 pandemic is a foretaste of the approaching climate catastrophe. Andreas Malm's electrifying new book looks at both these crises and asks what we'll need to do to face them down.
Protests in Minsk

Interview: Organised and disorganised labour in the Belarus uprising

Siarhei Biareishyk speaks to rs21 about the uprising in Belarus following the falsified re-election of Aliaksandr Lukashenka on 9 August 2020.
Beirut port destroyed

Interview: Beirut blast exposed a global system

Rima Majed spoke to rs21 about the blast that devastated Beirut in the context of an existing political and economic crisis.

Review: Fortunes of Feminism

Leslie Cunningham reviews Fortunes of Feminism by Nancy Fraser, a critical account of changes in feminist thought in the era of neo-liberalism.
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Post-war to post-industrial Scotland

Successive British governments have restructured the Scottish economy in damaging ways. Now we need a radical plan for a de-carbonised and independent Scotland.