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About bat020

bat020 is a journalist writer and activist based in London. interests include philosophy, Marxism, mathematics, technology and dance music. go to for long posts, @bat020 for short ones, for somewhere in between.

Statement from Christian Kerslake

Christian Kerslake, one of the three suspended philosophy lecturers at Middlesex University, had his suspension hearing yesterday (Monday 14 June). He read this statement out after his hearing to the demonstration that had gathered in solidarity with him. Christian heard … Continue reading

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Middlesex UCU moves into action

We had some great news on Friday: an emergency meeting of Middlesex University’s UCU branch voted to condemn the disciplinary action against staff and students, demand the immediate reinstatement of postgraduate philosophy programmes and recruitment – and go into official … Continue reading

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Rally in solidarity with suspended staff and students

The students involved in the Save Middlesex Philosophy campaign have called a rally in protest at Middlesex University’s disgraceful decision to suspend philosophy staff and students for the ‘crime’ of campaigning to save their own jobs and courses: Thursday 27 … Continue reading

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Leaflet and petition protesting against the suspensions

Please download, print off and distribute our new leaflet and petition protesting against Middlesex University’s outrageous decision to suspend staff and students for the ‘crime’ of campaigning to save their own jobs and courses.

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FAQ: Recruitment and research at Middlesex Philosophy

The university states that Philosophy has ‘only 12 students each year’. This figure is the three-year average for the BA Hons undergraduates only (a programme on which applications were up 118% prior to suspension in March 2010). However, Philosophy mainly … Continue reading

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Save Middlesex Philosophy occupation extended

Statement from the student occupation at Middlesex University The student occupation at Middlesex University now covers the entire Mansion Building at Trent Park campus. The occupation was extended earlier this evening in light of continued management refusal to meet us … Continue reading

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Get involved in the campaign to stop the cuts

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. … Continue reading

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Write to protest against the closure decision

If you want to help stop the closure of philosophy at Middlesex, there are two simple actions you can do right away. The first is to sign the online petition protesting against the closure decision. We’ve had over 8,000 signatures … Continue reading

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FAQ on the financial situation of Philosophy at Middlesex

How could Philosophy at Middlesex be financially sustainable with an annual average of only 12 undergraduate students over the last 3 years? This figure refers to single honours BA students only. It is not the number of undergraduate students taking … Continue reading

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Nina Power’s Guardian article opposing the closure

Dr Nina Power, a senior lecturer in philosophy at Roehampton University, received her PhD from Middlesex’s threatened philosophy department. She has written an article for the Guardian’s Comment is Free site on why we must oppose plans to shut down … Continue reading

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