Announcement to be Made in Classes

March 2011

Dear Lecturer,

As you know, we are currently facing massive attacks on higher education. But we have also seen considerable resistance from students, faculty, staff and workers. This resistance continues and we are asking for your help to inform Birkbeck students about what’s happening and how to get involved.

We are asking for 3 minutes at the beginning of your class to announce some upcoming events at Birkbeck in resistance to the education cuts.

We would be grateful if you would read the following announcement to your class. Or if you prefer, get in touch with OpenBirkbeck ( and we will send someone to your class to make the announcement.


Open Birkbeck

An Announcement from OpenBirkbeck

As you are no doubt aware, we are facing massive attacks on higher education in the UK. With 80% cuts in funding for teaching, increased tuition fees, cancellation of the Education Maintenance Allowance and other measures designed to commercialise education, the current reforms have the potential to wipe out access to higher education for a whole generation of students.

In response students, faculty, staff and workers have came out in massive numbers in the autumn—through marches, occupations, lobbying campaigns, street actions, strike votes and creative resistance—to protest against these attacks.

You are invited to a series of events to discuss, debate and take action around the current education policy reforms.

Upcoming Events:

Open Birkbeck Film Screening & Discussion

Screening of The Battle of Trafalgar: The UK Poll Tax Riot & The Columbia Revolt and a discussion with David Graeber and Hugo Charlton.

18:00 – 21:00 Saturday March 19

Room B34, Malet Street Building, Birkbeck

Open Birkbeck Workshop ** Note change of date and room **

17:00-18:30 Wednesday March 23 2011

Room 321, Malet Street Building, Birkbeck

Learn more about what’s wrong with the Browne Review, it’s impact on higher education and alternatives.

National Demonstrations Against the Cuts

Saturday March 26

Public demonstrations will be taking place in London and throughout the country. There will be a Birkbeck contingent. Watch the site for details.

For more info: Email:

OpenBirkbeck is an event in which students, staff and faculty from Birkbeck College create an open space for discussion and deliberation on how we can participate in a society committed to Higher Education for all.

Class Announcement:



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