‘The Enemy is Profit’: The Free Education Movement

Article published: Wednesday, March 25th 2015

Student activist group Free Education MCR encourage debate about the possibility of a ‘free, liberated and democratic education’. In response to the Labour Party’s recent pledge to reduce tuition fees to £6000 a year, students gathered on the steps of the University of Manchester’s Samuel Alexander Building last week for an open mic session to discuss why they should be rejecting this policy and fighting instead for free education.

Charges against suspended professor “hugely embarrassing” for university management

Article published: Thursday, November 1st 2012

The ongoing suspension of a world-renowned critical psychology professor at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) has caused outrage among his colleagues and academics around the world.

Students hit out against youth work course cuts

Article published: Thursday, October 11th 2012

Outraged students have come out in protest against the University of Manchester’s plans to scrap its Applied Community and Youth Work Studies programme as part of an upcoming merger between two departments.

Council threatens court battle over Gove GCSE shambles

Article published: Tuesday, September 25th 2012

Manchester City Council is backing legal action over this summer’s GCSE grades scandal that may have caused hundreds of the city’s young people to miss out on getting required grades.

BT man announced as new Manchester College boss

Article published: Wednesday, August 1st 2012

Former BT executive John Thornhill has been appointed chief executive of the Manchester College, taking over from outgoing boss Peter Tavernor who will retire in August.

Don’t be poor and don’t be disabled: council signs off on new raft of cuts

Article published: Tuesday, July 31st 2012

Not even Manchester’s Liberal Democrats were willing to defend the latest round of government cuts to council tax benefit, as Manchester City Council’s executive met for the final time before the summer.

Vocational subject attendance crumbles since EMA thrown on scrapheap

Article published: Wednesday, July 11th 2012

Attendance at work-orientated courses in Manchester has fallen since the scrapping of the Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA), according to figures from the city’s largest college.