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What can I do to support the strikes?

Lots! It’s important to remember that this isn’t only an issue affecting academics, this has horrendous effects on education as a whole. Students have a lot of power and you should not underestimate just how much weight your voice carries. Here are some tips from Goldsmiths UCU about how you can show your solidarity with the strike...

- Come along to the Friday gatherings outside the Richard Hoggart Building, 12.30-1.30pm

- Get involved with other students by joining a Student-Staff Support Pod

- Get tweeting! Follow GoldsmithsUCU and WeAreGoldsmiths for updates and posts to retweet. Tag in GoldsmithsUoL and FCorner. Suggested hashtags #StopFireAndRehire #OpenTheBooks #ADegreeIsNotABrand 

- Share posts from Goldsmiths UCU on Facebook and on Instagram

- Join Goldsmiths Community Solidarity WhatsApp group

- Sign the Student Strike Pledge

- Follow Goldsmiths Community Solidarity Teach-Out Events

- Change your bank account: Lloyds and NatWest are the two banks who have gone into a secretive deal with Goldsmiths Senior Management. Management refuse to #OpenTheBooks and tell us the terms and conditions of this deal, but they tell us that it is the banks who are demanding these mass redundancies. If you bank with either of these banks, why not choose a more ethical bank instead? It is very easy to switch (the new bank does everything for you) and many banks offer a £100 gift for new customers. Make sure you tell your old bank, preferably publicly on social media, why you are switching.

- Write an anonymous testimonial about how much you value your departmental administrative staff (rather than some anonymous ‘call centre’ administration) and your individual lecturers/tutors, who are specialists in the subject they are teaching you. A lot of the modules offered at Goldsmiths are not offered anywhere else!

Send a message to the Warden, Frances Corner (you can choose whether or not to write it anonymously), protesting these cuts and the disruption it will cause you. [Click on the link to sign the open letter and this will take you through to a page where you can leave comments].

- Email the decision makers directly to complain. Frances Corner (Warden) and Dinah Caine (Chair of Council) are the main ones. Also involved are: Elisabeth Hill (Deputy Warden, responsible for Learning, Teaching, and Enhancement); Helen Watson (Chief Operating Officer); David Oswell (Pro-Warden for Research, Enterprise and Knowledge Exchange); Matthew Cragoe (Acting Head of the School of Culture and Society); Stephen Graham (Acting Head of the School of Arts and Humanities). Make sure you name the modules you are studying so that Senior Management understands just how important it is for students to have lots of choices in what they study. A personal letter from you is very hard-hitting. Do not doubt it! But, if you are struggling to know what to write, here is an example template.

Write to your MP. Diane Abbott (MP for Hackney North & Stoke Newington) has already signed the Open Letter to the Warden, but it would be great if we could get lots of other MPs to sign as well. Mention that this is a Fire and Rehire restructure and that it will mean letting the banks dictate how education is delivered in universities. Tell your MP how angry you are about what this means to the future of your studies at Goldsmiths.

 

 

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