Monthly Archives: May 2012

A letter from the private sector

I am a former student of the University. When possible I have been attending your lunch time demonstrations, supporting your protests against privatisation. Having worked in both the public and private sectors I am all too aware of the differences … Continue reading

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Michael Farthing and John Duffy: Outsourcing your jobs since 2006

In 2006, St George’s, a medical college of the University of London, outsourced their cleaning services. Subsequently, the private company which won the contract turned out to be paying cleaners below the London Living Wage and has been criticised in … Continue reading

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Michael Farthing’s bullshit bingo!

Another account of today’s staff meeting (if you have anything to add, please leave a comment or send it to us): I went along to Farthing’s presentation today. It’s amazing how many words that man can say without saying anything. When … Continue reading

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What’s it all about Mr Farthing?

An account of today’s staff meeting (if you have anything to add, please leave a comment or send it to us): Just back from the open staff meeting, in which VC Michael Farthing and his chums were to tell us … Continue reading

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Upcoming events

Demonstration: 1pm Library Square, Tuesday 29th May. Including an open mic, come and find out what’s happening direct from other Sussex staff, and let potential bidders know the strength of opposition. Open staff meetings: All staff are invited to let … Continue reading

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The basics…

Management have announced plans to privatize 235 jobs at Sussex University. This is over 10% of all campus jobs and nearly 100% of all jobs in campus services. This includes porters, residential services, catering, security and many more (full list … Continue reading

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Demonstration on Thursday 24th May

300 march on campus for the second time this week.

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Speech in Library Square

Tom Hickey from Brighton University (UCU) gives a speech in Library Square. Video by lukecooper1000.

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Sussex Uni: 300 staff and students demonstrate at lunchtime protest

Staff and students rallied against planned privatisation of over 10% of campus jobs in Library Square this lunchtime. Staff had come equipped to disrupt a planned ‘bidders meeting’ with many carrying airhorns, only to discover management had moved the meeting … Continue reading

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Giving the game away?

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Commercial Accountant to provide expertise to the University in commercial finance initiatives. Working within the Finance Department and reporting directly to the Finance Director this role will be fundamental in enabling the University to undertake major commercial activity successfully and with appropriate due diligence.
To deliver commercial value through application of financial business expertise to all aspects of major commercial activity, encompassing a business approach both to ongoing activities (such as tuition and accommodation fee setting together with scholarships and student support arrangements) and to major new/changed activities (these would include, using recent examples, sale of Horizons Childcare business, extending outsourcing of services, and in future, potential major new academic partnerships and outsourcing of residential build).

Job Ref 617 advertised at Sussex University.

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