Making university together does not solely happen in a lecture theatre. Staff and students gather together and think about and work towards society, knowledge, and citizenship. We are organising shared spaces where we can do so constructively.
17 November 2022, 1:30-2:30: Student-Staff Open Meeting
All the campus unions are getting together to share information and address questions. UCU has announced strike action, our local QM Unison branch is reballoting. What this all means can create confusion for students. We all want to make sure students are as well-informed and reassured as possible. The Student Union, representing the student voice and with a duty to ensure clear information sharing among students, is hosting a conversation with all our campus unions: student union, UCU union, unison union.
We meet in QMSU, Blomeley 2, between 1:30-2:30. Join us for as long or as little as you can. Everybody welcome!
19 October 2022: Open Meeting on Staff Survey 2022
This was an Open Meeting for all staff, academic, professional services, maintenance, hospitality, student workers, to discuss the Staff Survey 2022. We discussed the survey procedure, the limited results that had been released, and drafted suggestions for how to act upon these results.
We are planning film screenings, workshops on legal rights of protesters, discussion with student activists at other campuses around London, etc. Watch this space!
Student action outside of QMUL
Across the UK, students are organising for a better university. Many are keen to set up connections across the various universities. There’s a twitter list collecting a number solidarity accounts. Some student organisations you can keep an eye on include:
- SOAS solidarity
- Goldsmiths Solidarity
- Manchester Solidarity
- North East Student Solidarity
- Leeds Student Staff Solidarity
- Sheffield Solidarity Group
- University of Liverpool Student-Staff Solidarity
- Nottingham Solidarity Group
If UCU ends up having to take industrial action, we’ll continue to create a space for thinking together about creating a more inclusive university. That can take the shape of ‘Teach-Outs’: timetabled gatherings of staff and students on or around the picket line to discuss a specific topic. We had a very successful programme of teach-outs during the strikes in the Spring of 2022, and we’ll continue along that path. Reach out if there are topics you’d like to have discussed!