We invite you to be a part of exploring and demonstrating an alternative educational system over three days. Be it a workshop, a lecture a discussion a film an event, we are calling... on students, lecturers and staff and others to come together and show another university is possible.
For a long time the university has been undergoing a process of privatisation.
Universities are now run as businesses, with students as consumers and lecturers as creators of products- knowledge has become a commodity that can be bought and sold. The sole purpose of university has become to train docile workers to perform functions within a capitalist system, to contribute to the enrichment of the few rather than the collective social improvement of all.
The recent Browne report, written by former executive of BP, takes this process to a whole new level- proposing a removal on the cap on fees which will create an even more hierarchical education system, reducing research funding and rising fees to an estimated £10,000 a year. All this results in students taking on more debt for the same education, lecturers being forced to carry out ‘economies exercises' and staff working longer and harder hours for less money.
It is clear that the university system is becoming bankrupt and in need of profound change, but no-one can see an alternative, a solution, a way out.
As workers and students at different places within the university system, we can see a different way forward, we don't have all the answers, but we have many ideas and are sure there are many more out there. We are putting on a three-day event across the university to facilitate the process of reimagining the higher education system. We would like to explore how universities can become a place where creative and critical thought is fostered, where participants teach what inspires them, learn what they are passionate about, where people share and develop their skills and knowledge in order to create a more equitable and sustainable world, not simply for jobs and profit.
To be held at University of Leeds & Leeds Metropolitican University
24th -26th November
Precuse locations and workshops to be announced on our website: www.reallyopenuniversity.org