Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/534/4141

From The Socialist newspaper, 21 May 2008

Southampton students: 'Don't gag us'

15 May, over 100 Southampton University students occupied the entrance to the lecture theatre due to host the University Court meeting, photo Southampton Socialist students

15 May, over 100 Southampton University students occupied the entrance to the lecture theatre due to host the University Court meeting, photo Southampton Socialist students

ON 15 May, over 100 Southampton University students occupied the entrance to the lecture theatre due to host the University Court meeting, a jamboree for elite dignitaries and corporate university sponsors such as HSBC bank and arms dealer BAe.

Clare Blackwell, Will Schafer-Peek and Gavin Marsh, Southampton Socialist Students

Students staged a silent sit-in outside the meeting, wearing gags to represent the silencing of the student voice, after the university's unilateral decision to remove the Southampton Student Union president's vote on the vice chancellor's appointment panel.

The vice-chancellor, Bill Wakeham, has systematically removed student votes from university committees, totally undermining the principle of student representation in the university. Meanwhile, the university woos investment from companies with dubious ethical records.

15 May, over 100 Southampton University students occupied the entrance to the lecture theatre due to host the University Court meeting, photo Southampton Socialist students

Companies like BAe Systems (who get the university to carry out arms research in return for research grants) and banking corporation HSBC have more of a say in running this university and others than students do.

Students were angry at the stifling of democracy and other issues such as increased fees, reduced contact time with tutors and non-existent lectures. This protest shows students are willing to take action to fight back against the effects of the university and government's neo-liberal agenda of marketising education.

Some students are meeting to establish a 'parallel university' which will host radical lectures, alternative film screenings etc. and will also be an organising centre to fight any deterioration in our education.

Socialist Students plays an active role in organising the fight-back at over 50 universities across the country and we will keep opposing the marketisation of our education.

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.


In The Socialist 21 May 2008:

Step Up Fight Against Low Pay!

Force more u-turns out of this weak government


Housing crisis

Build Affordable Homes Now!


Socialist Party workplace news

Unison members say 'no' to witch hunt

Reasons to be cheerful about the trade unions

Public-sector workers say pay up!

National Shop Stewards Network second conference advert


Socialist Party campaigns

Give us back our Post Office!

Fightback saves Cardiff school

Southampton students: 'Don't gag us'

D-I-V-O-R-C-E

Glasgow: BNP not welcome here

100% rise for health bosses

Global food crisis

Them and Us: The great divide


Environment: Nuclear power

Nuclear industry's 'green' camouflage


London Olympics

London Olympics 2012: A great sporting occasion and a great profit-making opportunity


France 1968 - month of revolution

France 1968: Be realistic - demand the impossible!

International discussion on the way forward for socialists

Video: 'France 1968, month of revolution' London meeting

Campaign for a New Workers' Party conference


International socialist news and analysis

China: Earthquake disaster exposes regime's failings

Lebanon: Hezbollah routs pro-US Siniora government forces

Ireland: Vote no to Lisbon Treaty and EU militarisation!

France: Workers and youth resist Sarkozy's attacks


 

Home   |   The Socialist 21 May 2008   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate  




Related links:

Southampton:

triangleSchools "can't go any further" - stop the cuts: set deficit budgets now

triangleFawley refinery canteen strikers tell their employer: "pay up"

triangleFord workers vote for action

triangleSouthampton councillors faced with angry anti-cuts campaigners

triangleCorbyn visits Southampton on marginal seat tour

Students:

triangleSocialist Students 'welcome' Hillary Clinton to Swansea

triangleStriking back against sackers' charter at Leeds Uni

triangleCardiff Socialist Students confront 'Parasite' Jacob Rees-Mogg

triangleLeeds Socialist Students marks 'International Safe Abortion Day'

Education:

triangleNasty party imploding...drive out the Tories

triangleUniversity of Leeds workers walk out

triangleFreshers week campaigning reports

Socialist Students:

triangleSupporting the general strike in Catalonia

triangleFight for free education

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

19/10/17

North West

Arriva North West bus drivers strike over pay

18/10/17

Democratic rights

Conference on state spies: who's watching who?

18/10/17

Leeds

Striking back against sackers' charter at Leeds Uni

18/10/17

Royal Mail

Royal Mail bosses block strike - back postal workers

18/10/17

PCS

Balloting members on the pay cap

18/10/17

Art

'Dazzling' Bad Art show points to socialist future

18/10/17

Council

Sheffield Labour council threatens peaceful protesters with prison

18/10/17

South West Wales

Hundreds turn out for rally aimed at removing west Wales Tory MP

18/10/17

NHS

Uprising to save the NHS!

18/10/17

Socialism

Can you donate to the Socialism 2017 appeal?

18/10/17

East London

No cuts - hands off King George A&E!

18/10/17

North London

North London hospital workers fight cuts and job losses

18/10/17

BAE

Nationalise to save jobs at BAE Systems

18/10/17

Schools

Schools "can't go any further" - stop the cuts: set deficit budgets now

18/10/17

Swansea

Socialist Students 'welcome' Hillary Clinton to Swansea

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party

triangle19 Oct Arriva North West bus drivers strike over pay

triangle18 Oct Russia, October 1917: When workers took power

triangle18 Oct Tories torn - bin them now

triangle18 Oct Royal Mail bosses block strike - back postal workers

triangle18 Oct Balloting members on the pay cap

triangle13 Oct The end of the Tories?

triangle11 Oct Nasty party imploding...drive out the Tories

More ...

triangle23 Oct Chesterfield Socialist Party: The continuing struggle for abortion rights

triangle24 Oct Liverpool Socialist Party: The October Russian Revolution 100 years ago to the day

triangle25 Oct Salford Socialist Party: The October 1917 Russian revolution

triangle25 Oct Swansea Socialist Party: Mother Jones - A US labour pioneer

More ...

Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

Archive

Archives:

October 2017

September 2017

August 2017

July 2017

June 2017

May 2017

April 2017

March 2017

February 2017

January 2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999

Legal

SP RSS feed RSS

Platform setting: = No platform choice

V2