Motions Passed GUCU Branch Meeting 2 March

The following motions were passed for submission to UCU Congress 2016 

OPPOSING PREVENT 

This Branch notes

Since its introduction the Prevent duty has been widely criticised for charging teachers and others with monitoring people’s religious and political views and institutionalising discrimination against Muslims.

Vice Chancellors of Oxford University and Kingston University have raised concern about its effect on free speech and academic freedom. The Independent Reviewer of the UK’s anti-terrorism laws, David Anderson QC, has called for a review.

Last year the Metropolitan police reported that hate crimes against Muslims were up 70%.

This branch calls on Congress to:
Campaign against the involvement of our members in the implementation of the Prevent agenda and for its abolition

Oppose attempts to restrict debate and free speech under the Prevent framework including the targeting of Muslim organisations such as CAGE, MEND and IHRC who are vocal in their opposition to Prevent.

Support the Students Not Suspects campaign.

Survey all branches to establish how the agenda is being used and publish the results.

CAMPAIGNING AGAINST THE GOVERNMENT’S H.E BILL

This branch notes

The government’s determination to pass a new Higher Education bill based on proposals contained in its 2015 green paper

That these proposals will further diminish prospects for a public university system by, for example, making it easier for new private providers to offer higher education, undermining governance mechanisms that provide for at least some accountability, and further implanting metrics and consumer-based tools to evaluate teaching quality.

This branch calls on HEC:

To launch a campaign around the theme of ‘Hands Off Our Universities’

To work closely with organisations such as the Campaign for the Public University and the Council for the Defence of British Universities to develop progressive alternatives to the government’s proposals

To encourage regions and branches to organise campus meetings on the government’s proposals

To seek NUS support for a national demonstration in support of public universities and against the government’s proposals