Middlesex University decided recently to axe its philosophy department. I don't know the ins and outs, but I understand it is a highly regarded department. The reasons for axing it probably boil down to cost-cutting. There will be a lot more of this in the coming months.
Some of the students had arranged this morning to meet the Dean to discuss this, but he did not turn up! They are "waiting for him" in his office at the Trent Park campus right now.
Visit the campaign website: http://savemdxphil.wordpress.com.
The students have also planned a demonstration tomorrow, Wednesday 5 May, at the Hendon campus. They are meeting at 9.30am at Hendon Central tube and demonstrating at the campus from 9.45am. It is an essay handing in day so there should be plenty of students about. If you are able to get along, please go.
And tomorrow, Wednesday 5 May, 11 London FE colleges - Barnet College among them - and four universities have strikes organised by the University and College Union, against cuts that could result in thousands of lecturers' jobs being cut and mean tens of thousands fewer college places for students.
Please support these strikes. There will be a central London UCU demonstration on Wednesday, assembling at 1pm at King's College on the Strand and marching to Parliament Square for 2.30pm.