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Middlesex university philosophy department to move to Kingston university

by Sadie Robinson
Issue No. 2206

The philosophy department at Middlesex university is moving to Kingston university in response to Middlesex bosses’ attempts to shut it down.

The transfer announcement follows a battle to save the department.

Students occupied the university’s Mansion House building in protest at the closure and received messages of support from around the world.

“Our campaign raised the profile of the department and enabled it to be set up elsewhere,” Anindya Bhattacharyya, a Middlesex philosophy student, told Socialist Worker.

“But I don’t think we can call this a victory. We set out to save philosophy at Middlesex and it is still closing. The undergraduates and two staff members won’t be moving to Kingston.

“Transferring the centre isn’t a solution to cuts—other courses that are less prestigious won’t be given this option.”

Students and staff across Middlesex have now set up a rank and file network to fight cuts at the university.

They are also campaigning to support three lecturers and five students who were suspended as a result of the occupation.

Disciplinary hearings for the suspended staff were being held as Socialist Worker went to press.

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Tue 15 Jun 2010, 18:43 BST
Issue No. 2206
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