We are students and members of staff from all wings of the University community, brought together by the USS pension strike, and immediately realised that we share much more than the desire for fair pensions. We all believe in a system of Higher Education that is inclusive, diverse, accessible and just.
We came together to create an inclusive space of solidarity, horizontal dialogue, inclusion and collective construction. We aim for an alternative vision of the University of Bristol and Higher Education that is no longer imposed from the top, but instead is democratically created from the bottom. We believe that students and staff can learn from each other and work together to challenge the current model of higher education and identify a new trajectory for our University. Moreover, we strongly believe that our group must represent and create an opportunity for solidarity beyond students and staff.
We have agreed on a code of conduct to ensure that every member feels empowered to use their voice to enrich our group and join the struggle for a fairer University of Bristol.
The struggle of all staff is also a struggle for a better future for students. We supported workers who participated in the 2018 USS strike, and believe that workers in Higher Education ought to use their power of industrial action and collective bargaining in the future, and would support them wholeheartedly if they did so. However, we also recognize the existence of several other challenges that must be addressed and tackled. We will be fighting together for:
free and democratic education
accessible and affordable housing
the rights of casualized workers and non-academic staff
the closure of the salary gap
the decolonisation of education and the diversification of the student and staff bodies
decent working conditions
the strengthening of students’ wellbeing
and for any other cause that the group will consider in line with our common principles, objectives and values. See our Demands document for more information.
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