Big thanks to both of you Marc and Rob! Much appreciated! Michael

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On Tuesday, April 10, 2018, 11:21 pm, Rob Myers <> wrote:

#yiv4381303809 p.yiv4381303809MsoNormal, #yiv4381303809 

Funny not funny how the people who are the most obsessed with an aesthetic of 
businesslike behaviour are the least able of identifying those courses that 
most add to their bottom line.
- Rob.
On Tue, 10 Apr 2018, at 3:14 PM, marc.garrett via NetBehaviour wrote:

Hi Michael, 

I have signed it but will add comments tomorrow when I've got more time - they 
are utter scum.

wishing you & those losing their jobs well.


Marc Garrett

Co-Founder, Co-Director and main editor of Furtherfield.
Art, technology and social change, since 1996

Furtherfield Gallery & Commons in the park
Finsbury Park, London N4 2NQ writing a PhD at Birkbeck 
University, London
Just published: Artists Re:thinking the Blockchain
Eds, Ruth Catlow, Marc Garrett, Nathan Jones, & Sam Skinner
Liverpool Press -

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On 10 April 2018 8:50 PM, Michael Szpakowski <> wrote:

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On Tuesday, April 10, 2018, 8:27 pm, Michael Szpakowski 
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Thanks so much Gill!

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On Tuesday, April 10, 2018, 7:42 pm, Gill Davies <> wrote:

Signed, Michael.  Best of luck.

On 10 April 2018 at 19:38, Michael Szpakowski <> 

And for those of you who have a connection with the course and with Writtle, 
please leave a comment...If you're an artist or writer &c any sort also please 
identify yourself... :)
I'm pasting below my sig the motion passed today nem con in our UCU branch 
Please also tweet, FB, e mail...
Sign the Petition



Sign the Petition Defend Education at Writtle university College! No to 
course cuts, no to redundancies!



This branch feels a sense of déjà vu.
This branch notes that whilst members, otherteachers and support staff were 
conscientiously doing their usual best theentire senior management team failed.
Failed to see any problem coming, failed to open up any sort of discussionand 
failed to show any concern forstaff as evidenced by the inept and cold-blooded 
way in which a package ofcourse cuts and job losses was presented as a fait 
accompli, the day before theEaster holiday weekend.
This branch notes the Vice Chancellor’shighly insulting comment
 “We have not driven the businessto achieve excellence – our portfolio, in HE 
especially, is too broad for us tobe outstanding in all fields of study”
 (‘Strategic Change Agenda’ p3bullet point three)
This branch notes that the VC and presumably theSMT believes that Writtle 
University College is a ‘business’  (ibid.) rather than an 
This branch notes the hugely successful campaignwaged by our colleagues in the 
pre 1992 universities to defend their pensionrights and also the recent 
no-confidence vote by Open University UCU members intheir vice chancellor when 
faced with a similar package of cuts, a similarrationale and similarly 
insulting language.
This branch believes in education.
This branch believes that the entire SLT atWrittle has failed, we have no 
confidence in it and therefore resolve to call upon all its members toresign 
forthwith and for the governors to replace it with a team which believesthat 
the 100 year plus educational legacy of Writtle deserves celebrating and 
defending,rather than yet another round of cuts.
This branchfurther resolves to call upon thegovernors to withdraw the cuts and 
closure proposal by the end of this week. Ifthe package is not withdrawn then a 
dispute will exist between the UCU and WUCand we will seek permission to ballot 
for industrial action.
This branch resolves to inform students of whatis happening, both directly and 
through the NUS and to seek their activesupport for a public campaign against 
the cuts package including, but notlimited to, social media and a 
In additionwe resolve to seek common ground infighting the cuts with our 
colleagues in other WUC unions and other UCUbranches.
Passed nem.con.

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