If you want to help stop the closure of philosophy at Middlesex and protest the recent suspension of philosophy students and staff, there are two simple things you can do right away. The first is to sign the online petition protesting against the closure decision. We’ve had over 18,000 signatures so far. If you have an academic job, you can also sign the international petition (set up by John Protevi and Todd) May calling for an academic boycott of Middlesex University: more than a thousand people signed it in its first 24 hours, and the total number of signatures is currently 1900+.
The second is to write to the managers responsible for the decision, and to the university’s Board of Governors. Feel free to extract some points from the brief petition text, or from the longer overview here. If you’re happy for you letter to be posted in part or full on this blog, then please BCC it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. And if you are part of an academic department or institution, then a group letter signed by members of the department is likely to make a significant impact.
The most effective emails (in order to avoid spam filters) are likely to be those addressed to individuals or to small groups of people, in particular the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Michael Driscoll, email@example.com and his Deputies Waqar Ahmad, firstname.lastname@example.org, and Margaret House, email@example.com.
The full set of email addresses for the university’s executive and governors is as follows:
firstname.lastname@example.org; A.Gajownik@mdx.ac.uk; A.Durant@mdx.ac.uk; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; Bridget.Rulski@guardian.co.uk; email@example.com; T.Cockerton@mdx.ac.uk; P.A.Johnson@mdx.ac.uk; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; W.Ahmad@mdx.ac.uk; J.Compton-Bishop@mdx.ac.uk; firstname.lastname@example.org; K.A.Bell@mdx.ac.uk; email@example.com; M.House@mdx.ac.uk; M.Keen@mdx.ac.uk; firstname.lastname@example.org; PeterCheeseman1@aol.com; Peter.Thomas2@justice.gsi.gov.uk; RS1000@live.mdx.ac.uk; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; T.Kelly@mdx.ac.uk; T.Butland@mdx.ac.uk; email@example.com
Please watch this space for information on future actions!