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Outsourcing and the history of anti-racist politics

We are frequently reminded by the press that lifelong careers are a thing of the past. This is usually packaged with jargon about how this is a good thing; it apparently allows for social-mobility and self-improvement. The conditions under which lifelong careers have been made impossible are rarely commented upon: the destruction of industry under … Continue reading

Next Meeting

Next meeting is on Tuesday, 31 May, 6 – 8, T102, 22 Russell Square , SOAS See you there!

Staff And Students Protest Against Outsourcing Injustice

Around 100 staff and students from across the Bloomsbury campus came to protest in the main square of UCL today, against management’s ill-advised and unjust plans to outsource 96 long-serving staff. Outsourcing to a private contractor would mean less pay, less control over working hours and no job security for these workers. Collectively, they have … Continue reading

Protest against UCL Outsourcing!

On 20 May, Bloomsbury Fightback! continued the campaign against UCL’s proposal to outsource low-paid maintenance workers, most of whom are black, with a lunchtime banner drop in the main quad. The event took place beneath the university’s new art installation—an assortment of metallic pennants that represents some kind of fish. Though it faced stiff competition … Continue reading


Next Bloomsbury Fightback! meeting is next Tuesday, May 24th, 6pm – 8pm, Room 130, Foster Court, UCL. See you there.

Report on the Bloomsbury Masterplan Public Meeting

Prof Grant gave a thirty second introduction for Mr. Lifschutz from the UCL consultancy mountain, during which he talked about the importance of reforming UCL’s ‘Space’ and the need to spend lots of money. He then left. Mr. Lifschutz from the UCL consultancy mountain began by saying that, in fact, Prof Grant was wrong about … Continue reading

College of North London Demo against draconian cuts

College of North East London – No Cuts! No Redundancies!! UCU members at College of North London are bearing the brunt of 64 redundancies, which they feel are targeted at taking out a large number of the UCU branch at the college. Of the 64 job cuts, 46 are teachers, 13 support staff & 5 … Continue reading


The “Bloomsbury Masterplan” promises a futuristic Metropolis of “circulations systems”, “cellular spaces”, “key perimeter points”, “enhanced landscaping”, even “enterprise incubators”. But it’s less a grand design than a shocking piece of cloth-eared spin-doctoring. UCL management’s bureaucratic flights of fantasy, business-speak hype, and manipulative rhetoric of modernization all bring a great university into disrepute. The masterplan … Continue reading


The 7 May “We Are London Met” conference, attended by more than 100 students, staff and other activists, was a reminder of how much is at stake in the struggle for the future of higher education. London Metropolitan University, which has the highest proportion of working-class students of any U.K. university, is planning to cut 70% … Continue reading

What the Provost of UCL Thinks About Outsourcing

Professor Malcolm Grant was walking by the Portico. ‘Professor Grant’, I asked him, holding out a flyer ‘have you seen this?’ He said he had, and so I asked him if he knew about the UCL outsourcing. He said that naturally he did. I asked him why he was implementing it, in light of the … Continue reading