Twelve months of strife at Manchester College

Article published: Sunday, September 12th 2010

On 15 July members of University and College Lecturers’ Union (UCU) employed by the College’s Offender Learning programme, which runs a large portion of the UK’s prison education service, voted overwhelmingly for strike action over the imposition of new contracts. This follows strikes across Manchester campuses by UCU lecturers on 30 June, with further action […]

Manchester College’s “strong management”

Article published: Thursday, May 27th 2010

As the University and College Union ballots members for strike action at Manchester College over terms and conditions of new contracts, MULE takes a closer look at the further education giant and its high flying but much criticised principal, Peter Tavernor.

Education in Cameron’s Cross Hairs

Article published: Wednesday, May 5th 2010

With cuts looming on the horizon politicians from all three main parties are preaching a new era of empowerment of local communities. Underneath the spin the outsourcing of education is simply business as usual.

Manchester Academies

Article published: Sunday, November 29th 2009

Manchester’s education system is going through a dramatic period of change. Two new controversial academy schools opened in September with at least two more to follow in 2010. However, the recent track record of academy schools suggests that Manchester’s education revolution may not be all it’s cracked up to be.

Bye Bye Birley Fields

Article published: Wednesday, October 21st 2009

Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) is planning a new development on green space in Hulme. They label the construction the “greenest campus in the UK” and say plans will balance the needs of the local community, but Hulme residents have their doubts.