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Making the university ours: a report from Goldsmiths

Published: 16th December, 2018

Goldsmiths UCU is an active and committed branch and activists there have been particularly busy in 2018.

  • With Justice for Cleaners and Unison they have been campaigning to win parity in pay and conditions between cleaners and other Goldsmiths staff; cleaners have been brought back in-house as a result of this campaign. 
  • Working with students and others, they have published a second edition of their Gold Paper that, against ongoing privatisation and commodification of HE, sets out a desirable and achievable alternative vision of what their university could and should be. 
  • They played a central role in the production of The University is Ours, the Branch Solidarity Network’s guide to building an activist branch.
  • Following the resignation of their Warden (equivalent to VC – isn’t it interesting how so many resigned in the months after the pension strikes?), they, alongside the students’ union, are campaigning to democratise the way his replacement is chosen.

On Tuesday 8 January (12–1.30) Susan Kelly from Goldsmiths UCU will be in Leicester to discuss their activities, how they achieved their successes and the challenges they continue to face. We believe Leicester UCU has as much potential to transform our university as our colleagues in London – to make the University of Leicester ours! This is an excellent opportunity to share experiences. Please put the date in your diary.

The discussion will take place in Fielding Johnson seminar room L67 (first floor of the Law Dept, up the spiral staircase.)