Media coverage

– Summary, official links and student union updates:

– Sussex Uni student TV on the anti-privatisation occupation:

– Update from Sussex Uni TV with phone interview of Peter Capaldi:

Radio Free Brighton

Articulate informed and detailed explanations by Sussex Uni students for their occupation over outsourcing: …

 The Times Higher Education

– Sussex sit-in gathers celebrity support

The Independent

– On second occupation Thursday 28 February:{%2210151324686417602%22%3A142202222613857%2C%22593144234046503%22%3A143762609121844}&action_type_map={%2210151324686417602%22%3A%22news.reads%22%2C%22593144234046503%22%3A%22news.reads%22}&action_ref_map=[]

– Mark Steel, yet another voice in support of Sussex Uni occupation against privatisation:

– Pressure grows on Sussex Uni management as 100s of students join occupation against privatisation:

– Kerem Nisancioglu – As the Sussex Uni occupation shows, Government may see – education as a market, but students do not

– Sussex student protest gathers momentum as Peter Capaldi, Caroline Lucas and Tariq Ali offer support

The Argus (local Brighton newspaper)

– A great two page spread:


The Guardian

– Printed report by Rebecca Ratcliffe after visit to occupation

– John Duffy’s response to Guardian report 10/03

– Why we are occupying Sussex University | Hannah Elsisi

– letter of support by public figures and academics ‘Sussex Students Lead Resistance’

– Michael Chessum on privatisation of universities:

– On celebrities’ involvement with the occupation, and jammie dodgers as revolutionary fuel:

BBC News

– BBC Sussex Radio interview of student occupier and Vice Chancellor Michael Farthing (edited without news and weather reports):

(without edit) (21 February 2013 programme, go to 1.43.40 for the student perspective, then listen to Michael Farthing from 2.20.00)

The Badger on support from outside campus

– Maia Pal and Ishan Cader discuss the history of the campaign and the wider implications of ‘Occupy Sussex’:

– Maia Pal and Luke Cooper start a debate on radical organisations:

– Queer (in) Crisis Collective discuss the future of the occupation: discusses the future of occupation and the need to broaden anti-privatisation campaign:

Liberal Conspiracy: Luke Martell reporting on the occupation and its wider ramifications:

Shifting grounds: Luke Martell deals another heavy blow to the marketisation of universities

Vice: Alon Aviram reporting from the demo on campus:


Red Pepper: Ian Llewellyn on why we’re fighting privatisation

PCS: Yellow squares on the windows: the occupation at Sussex University.

LibCom: On second Occupation 28/02/13:

Socialist Resistance: Interview of Maia Pal by Jeffery R. Webber (reposted on Libcom: and New Socialist:

New Left Project: article from Alumnus and ex-occupier Eli Davies

Manchester Student Union

Cambridge Uni Varsity:

Liverpool Sussex occupation offers a glimpse of future struggles – good article on university privatisation and the response:

International Coverage



Outsourcing at Sussex (coverage before the Occupation)

– Sussex unions tell Uni Council of risks of privatisation, flawed management process + the alternative

– Unis moving from academic critical communities to managerialism research+admissions run on private business models

Campus unions, staff and students, question outsourcing at Sussex Uni:

– Sussex Students’ Union say Sussex Uni outsourcing plans show “blatant disregard” for their students …

The Badger (University of Sussex Student newspaper):

– Adriano on Uni of Sussex privatisation:

– Privatisation at Sussex Uni in the national context: …

Open Democracy: Maia Pal on why Sussex students should mobilise to fight against outsourcing

– The Times Higher Education: Unions left in the dark over Sussex Uni outsourcing plans …

The Argus:

– Protest at Sussex Uni against outsourcing that leads to cuts in pay pensions and services

– Anger at privatisation plans for University of Sussex …

– Petition to save Sussex services –

– The history of cuts at Sussex and background to privatisation:

Privatisation of HE in the UK

– The Future of Higher Education Conference: can collaboration win out over competition?

– Rules restricting private companies calling themselves a ‘university’ are being relaxed:

– The first medical degree offered by a UK private university will cost £32k a year. More than Harvard charges.

– Marketisation is threatening the diversity of courses at post-92 universities:

– For-profit private BPP University College criticised in QAA report for misleading marketing.

– What the private for-profit marketised university does:

– Cost of higher tuition fees 6.5x greater than Treasury savings. Obvious solution – close unis + exclude students:

– The Shadow State: A report about outsourcing of public services (Social Enterprise UK / Zoe Williams) –

Outsourcing of academic and student services at Falmouth University:

– The marketisation of universities leads to increased spending on marketing and less on students and education:

– University of London outsourced workers have worse pensions and shorter holidays –

– Outsourcing: the winners are private equity+shareholders, the losers the low-paid+vulnerable + in the end we all pay

Outsourcing in the UK today:

– Local example of battle WON against outsourcing (Brighton Bin-men):

– The problems with for-profit HE: IOE London Blog …

– Firm that owns UK’s 1st for-profit uni will have say in controlling the institution’s academic authority

– University shifts staff to private firm so they can cut their pay and holidays:

– Salford UnI VC says that govt changes to universities favour private benefit over public good and increase elitism:

Good overview of privatisation and marketisation of UK HE, consequences for inequality, and economic dysfunctionality, by John Holmwood

UCU report on private equity funds taking over post-secondary education – public service or portfolio investment?

– London Met study – University outsourcing: this paper examines the promises of cost savings and better quality and finds them unproven. …

– McGettigan important overview on the government’s plans for privatising universities – support services but also education itself

– Critical Education blog of Andrew McGettigan, leading expert on Uni privatisation –

– One of the best articles on the privatisation of universities, a searing piece from the day fees were introduced: Finlayson on Open Democracy

– The marketisation of higher education, and its implications, useful informative interview with McGettigan: …

– From February 2012: the game is rigged, Tory plans for privatised higher education …

– Fighting for the Public University, unions, students and lessons from Chile and Quebec:

– On the privatisation of universities –

– The privatisation of the English University –

– What future for education? by Luke Cooper

– It’s not just the tuition fees, an overview on privatisation and outsourcing in UK higher education

– UCU asks Public Accounts Committee for an inquiry into the trebling of taxpayers’ money going to private HE providers:

– Head of UK’s first private uni, Buckingham, says unis should be charities not for-profits dependent on shareholders and he says the USA shows why:

– Market forces have brought chaos to universities

– UK universities: will the public good yield to private profit?

– Holmwood, the entry of for-profit providers in HE is happening without debate. It will lead to elitism + won’t benefit students:

– The privatisation of universities report – Foot in the Door: Profit and Public Education:

– More and more taxpayers money being spent on private for-profit providers taking over higher education:

– College of Law gains university title. Recent university privatisation.

– The privatisation of post-92 universities:

– HE for-profits want public funds so they can use them to pursue private gain + undermine education for public benefit:

– Lancashire university could go private:

– HE reforms are about privatisation of universities + increasing class inequality and the student movement should say so:

– Willetts held 12+ meetings with for-profit education firms before publishing his plans for university reform:

– Govt promoting tax avoidance so subsidised private providers can undermine HE that is for the public good not profit: …

– The makeup of the CBDU is elitist. But the market and managerialism they criticise is devastating universities: …

– Privatisation in HE, fears over ‘risky’ private enterprise at University of Gloucestershire:

– Universities should be about education and free enquiry not marketisation and authoritarian management:

– Willetts says the privatisation and marketisation of HE is based on evidence. It’s not but is ideological

– Private equity firms will buy out universities or departments and run them for profit changing the whole meaning of HE:

– For-profit London School of Business says privatise and break up university sector, copying telecoms privatisation:

– Willetts says business schools should withdraw their income from supporting courses of social and educational value:

– The deliberate ideological marketisation of universities and how it will shrink the sector and increase inequality

– Reason for uni fees is not that it saves money. It’s that it allows for education driven by profit not the public good

– Critical, public, accessible intellectuals versus the marketised top-down university:

– How Unison fought privatisation at London Metropolitan University:

– Government reforms to fees and loans will cost more than admitted and than the previous system they replaced:

– Univ figures predict segregation, privatisation, 15k fees, loss of international and poor students for future of UK HE

– Method of collecting data underestimates number of poor put off by higher UK university fees:

– Lib Dems favour more privatisation of universities:

– Market-driven education is destroying university values. So march Oct 20th.

– The failure of subcontracting in further education:

– Academics say tuition fees will price working class students out of higher education

– Marking our opposition to the new system in UK Higher Education – Petition

– Sheff Uni set up subsidiary to pay workers less and avoid unions, then bans coverage of it from the campus:

– The elitism and inequalities of privatised higher education, New College of Humanities:

– LondonMet under threat from redundancies, privatisation and UKBA is the university with the most working class students

– A university can be run as a community by people with inside knowledge of what it’s about and without market values

– Fee increase will mean more cash spent on marketing, not efforts to improve the student experience, THE debate:

– Academic freedom, criticism and social usefulness undermined by marketisation, state and elitism of academia itself –

– Publicly funded free education, access for the poor, for the public good, not privatisation, competition, deregulation, Scotland

– To hell with the Gradgrinds, go to university, enjoy your studies, and whatever you do, don’t let them win by Laurie Penny ––go-to-university-8050313.html …

– Privatisation of UK universities in the pipeline. They would be run for profit not for education or the public good:

– Need for democracy in public universities to replace consumerist surveys and private/market system:

For-profit HE in the USA

– Very good short summary of what university privatisation means:

– Really good short articles on corporatised, for-profit, managerial higher education in the USA:

– What happens when university education goes for-profit:

– The failure of for-profit higher education in the USA:

– The (further) Corporatization of Higher Education: US case, but similar pattern elsewhere

– For profit higher education in the USA: security, shared governance and academic freedom are largely absent. …

– How the US University was killed in 5 easy steps

Chile, Quebec, others internationally

– 6 reasons why the tuition struggle in Quebec is not over:

the segregation that results from university outsourcing, South Africa experience:

strategy for fighting against austerity, lessons from Quebec:

– Profit motive is threatening higher education – …

– The future of the University lies in challenging, not adopting, free-market dogma

 The Perfect Storm for Universities:

What kind of education Chilean students want:

– No more profit’: Chilean society and education and the student movement: …

– The lesson of Classe, the Québécois student group, was that “persistent street mobilisation…eventually won”: …

– Learning from Quebec+Chile, + with the privatisation of UK HE: time for the return of the UK student movement

– The effect of privatisation of HE in in Chile, economic models, and how the protest was teachers as well as students:

– In Chile, social protests for public education, after the sort of privatisation of education happening in the UK now: …

– The huge and long-lasting student movement in Quebec hardly gets any attention in the UK

– Letter to Staff at the University of Sussex from the Sussex Uni students occupying over outsourcing:

– Important Press Release from UCU on censorship of Council and ‘badgegate’:

National Demo Monday 25 March


– USSU page –

– The University and College Union are opposed to the privatisation of further and higher education:

– Campaign for the Public University –

– Council for the Defence of British Universities –


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