Humanities and Social Sciences Matter

Following the mass protests and occupations of the last few weeks, a group of academics – some of them very senior – have come out against the government’s plans for HE, particularly its plans for Social Sciences and Humanities.

While not in the radical direct action tradition of the NCAFC, the Humantities Matter campaign is an important indicator of the breadth of the emerging  discontent. The letter, published today in the Telegraph of all places, calls for a Public Enquiry into the future of universities – and attacks the government for attempting to “rush through changes, the far-reaching consequences of which are potentially so damaging.”

If the waves of direct action manage to force the government to back down, they may well do so through mechanisms like this.

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