Unfortunately the “restructuring” of university departments of the kind seen at Manchester is not unique. It is not the first and will certainly not be the last. In the past, the Universities of Nottingham, Birmingham, Swansea and Southhampton have all been affected. Our campaign is here to offer support and spread the word for any other student groups who are fighting similar battles at their universities. Here you can read details of the other campaigns that exist to fight academic cuts, and how you can support them.
University of Brighton
Students at the University of Brighton recently received the shocking news that their entire modern foreign languages department will be axed at the end of the 2016-17 academic year. An open letter has been created to express students’ anger to university staff, which you can add your name to here.
Manchester Metropolitan University
MMU Staff are currently in a tense battle against the loss of up to 160 jobs as a result of the closure of the Crewe campus. So far staff have taken strike action against the university to make their voices heard.
Heriot-Watt University announced plans to make 100 staff redundant, as well as outlining plans for a two year ‘recruitment chill’, which could see further job losses. Read more about their campaign and sign their petition change.org petition here.
University of Bolton
The University of Bolton has announced that 12 out of 16 jobs in the arts department are at risk as part of a wider restructuring within the university. A petition against this has been created here, and you can support the campaign further by following on Twitter and their planned campus rally on 1st July.
The Open University
The Open University is planning a radical restructure in an attempt to ‘secure the university’s financial future’. Planned privatisation could mean that over 200 members of staff could be moved to private, for-profit companies. In turn, privatisation could impact the university’s ability to provide a high standard of support and education for students. You can sign their petition here.