Around 100 people came to our first campaign meeting on Friday afternoon at Trent Park. We heard about the background to the decision to shut philosophy at Middlesex – and the threadbare nature of the management case for this decision.
Similar cuts programmes at other universities have been put on hold or halted by mounting high profile protest campaigns involving staff, students and the wider public.
We agreed to set up a Save Middlesex Philosophy campaign to demand that the university management reverses its disastrous decision to shut down philosophy. There are two upcoming dates for the campaign:
Tuesday 4 May: Students (undergrad and postgrad) will be gathering outside the Mansion Building in Trent Park at 9:30am for a meeting with deputy vice chancellor Margaret House and dean of arts Ed Esche at 10:30am. We want to make clear our opposition to their decision.
Wednesday 5 May: We will be petitioning and leafleting Middlesex students as they hand in their coursework essays at Hendon campus. This is an ideal opportunity to raise awareness of what is going on in philosophy and to build support for our campaign. Meet 9:30am at Hendon Central tube station.
Dear Save Middlesex Philosophy
I have just heard about this through Chomsky.
If I can help in any way, please let me know – I studied at Middlesex in the 70’s – but not in Philosophy.
Richard W. Symonds MCIPD
International Society For Philosophers
14 Lavington Close, Ifield. Crawley, West Sussex RH11 OHX
Tel : 18002 01293 535778 (Textphone – I am very deaf)
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