Sally Hunt’s request for support for colleagues at London Metropolitan University

Jan 5th, 2016 | By | Category: News

Dear colleague,

I’m writing once again to ask for your support and solidarity on behalf of colleagues at London Metropolitan University who, having been subjected to several years of job cuts and upheaval, now face yet another round of staff redundancies and the closure of large numbers of courses and two of the university’s three campuses.

The university’s student body has joined us in condemning management’s strategic plan which includes the closure of the world renowned Sir John Cass faculty of art, architecture and design. I urge you to please sign the petition here.

I believe it is crucial that the union stands beside the London Met UCU branch in their campaign to defend jobs at the university whose mission of widening participation and access to education for its local communities is second to none.

Leading figures from the arts including director of the Tate, Sir Nicholas Serota, architect Lord Rogers and artists Anish Kapoor and Jeremy Deller have spoken out against the proposal and what it would mean to Britain’s creative industries.

The dire situation for staff and students at London Metropolitan University is a concern for the whole union and UCU’s national executive committee (NEC) unanimously voted to mount a national campaign in defence of our members so I invite you to please sign the petition to save ‘the Cass’ and write to the local UCU branch and extend your support and solidarity: uculondonmet@mail.com.

Thank you.

Sally Hunt
UCU general secretary

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