Posted on 16 April 2015 (Last updated on 26 April 2015, new signatures added)



Students from London Met alongside National Officers from the National Union of Students (NUS) and student representatives across Britain are rallying to defend London Met University against savage cuts. Today (Thursday 16 April), a coalition of student representatives are launching the solidarity statement below  [to add your name follow the link above]

We are alarmed at the proposed 165 job cuts across academic and students support staff at London Metropolitan University. We stand in full solidarity with staff facing redundancies and call upon the Vice Chancellor and Board of Governors to urgently reconsider these plans and stop the cuts now.

This fresh round of cuts at London Met University is not just an attack on staff but also an attack on students and education. Students are set to lose lecturers, staff support, and choice within their degrees and entire courses and departments are at risk of being axed.

Since the Tory-led government came to power in 2010 London Met University has been suffering a spiral of decline, with over 70% of courses being slashed over the past 5 years, thanks to massive government cuts to higher education. Far from further cutbacks, London Met is in desperate need of government investment to expand access to education.

London Met University is an incredibly diverse institution that has provided opportunities to many people who would otherwise be excluded from education. There are more Black students at London Met then the entire top 20 universities combined, and the University supports the largest number of women returning to education in the country.

These proposed job cuts threaten the education and the status of the University. We call upon the Vice Chancellor and the Board of Governors to stop the 165 job cuts.

Signed by

Barbara Ntumy, London Student Broad Left Society & NUS Women’s Committee

Aaron Kiely, London Met Student & NUS National Executive Council

Piyal Matilal, London Met Student Union Trustee

Piers Telemacque, NUS Vice President Society and Citizenship

Shakira Martin, President, Lewisham Southwark College SU and NUS Vice President Further Education-Elect

Chris Rudd, Vice Chair of London Met Student Council & Holloway Hub Committee

Melania Manti, Student Council Representative On The Academic Board & Faculty Star LLB Law With International Relations (London Met University)

Derik Ndlovu, Star Bsc Criminology And Youth Studies (London Met University)

Mike Polydorou, Chair Of London Met Student Council, Faculty Of Life Science & Computing Faculty Board, FLSC Undergraduate Committee, FLSC Student Academic Representative, Masters In Engineering (London Met University)

Holly White, Star International Relations And Politics (London Met University)

Mazino Gold, FSSH Star International Relations & Law Ba (London Met University)

Tim Khalid, Star Student Council Member International Relations Peace And Conflict Studies (London Met University)

Stephanie Bundock, International Aid And Development (London Met University)

Valentina Bordin, Ba Fine Art (London Met University)

Salwa Hussein, President Of The Asian Society (London Met University)

Malik Abdul- Salam, Star Accounting And Finance (London Met University)

Triin Rast, Star For Politics (Ba) Course (London Met University)

Katherine Igidbashian, Star And Socialist Worker Student Society President (London Met University)

Vessela Damyanova, Criminology And Psychology Bsc (London Met University)

Richard Adelugba, Star And Student Ambassador Ba International Relations (London Met University)

Marlene Potthast, Star Law With IR (London Met University)

Madeline Grew, First Year Dietetics Star Dietetics And Nutrition (London Met University)

Sonia Myriam Edith Khachchouch, Musical Instruments (London Met University)

Henry Devlin, Musical Instruments (London Met University)

Jorge Miguel Moreira, Biochemistry (London Met University)

Adil Nicholls, LLB Law (London Met University)

David Haziz, Ba Interior Design (London Met University)

Emma Guard, Ba Interior Design (London Met University)

Anya Brakha, Interior Architecture And Design (London Met University)

Anna Esposito Student, International Relations (London Met University)

Amelie Gericke, Star Diplomacy & International Relations, PIR Society Ba Diplomacy & International Relations (London Met University)

Anastasiya Vodolagina, Interior Design, Year 1 (London Met University)

Aneta Zaitlikova, Star Diplomacy And Law 3rd Year Diplomacy And Law (London Met University)

Magdalena Tello, Interior Design 1 (London Met University)

Fumagalli Cristina – Pg Student Ma In Conference Interpreting (London Met University)

Giulia Mella, Ma Interpreting (London Met University)

D Manske, Star (London Met University)

Eleonora Tasinato, Master In Conference Interpreting (London Met University)

Marcela Smith, Interior Architecture And Design (London Met University)

Glenn Alcock, Star Ba International Relations (London Met University)

Michael Ayeni, Bsc Youth Studies (London Met University)

Sandra Wozny, Interior Design (London Met University)

Gheorghe Nicorici, Star Msc Food Science (London Met University)

Justyna Magdalena Poyser, Interior Architecture And Design (London Met University)

Louis Onyeacholem, Food Science (London Met University)

Katrina Mayfield, Ma CI (London Met University)

Gemma Soklakov, Ma Interpreting (London Met University)

Evan Murray, Star Computer Systems Engineering (London Met University)

Amy Fletcher, Ma Interpreting (London Met University)

Wioletta Marlena Bednarz, Master’s In Conference Interpreting (London Met University)

Ebou Njie, Star Bsc Business Information Technology (London Met University)

Aronda Atkinson, Community Development And Leadership (London Met University)

Faye Wheeler, English Literature (London Met University)

Dolat Khan PHD (London Met University

Abimbola Olasoji, Criminology (London Met University)

Bryony Jones, Health and social policy (London Met University)

Elena Ferrara, MA in Interpreting (London Met University)

Yasmina Jameel, MA Illustration (London Met University)

Enas Faisal, Msc Food Science (London Met University)

Darya Shirobokova, Public Relations (London Met University)

Martin Johns, MSc Food Science (London Met University)

Sophie Mishiku, Jewellery Design and Silversmithing (London Met University)

Julia Skiba (London Met University)

Vaia Patta (London Met University)

Malia Bouattia, NUS Black Students’ Officer

Susuana Antubam, NUS Women’s Officer

Vonnie Sandlan, NUS Scotland Women’s Officer & NUS Scotland President-elect

Shreya Paudel, NUS International Students’ Officer

Sanjay Lago, NUS Scotland Black Officer & Student President City of Glasgow College SU

Shelly Asquith President, Students’ Union University of the Arts

Clifford Fleming, Co-Chair, Young Greens

Sahaya James, Co-convenor of South West Young Green & Student Assembly Against Austerity National Organiser

Candice Armah, President of Brighton University Students’ Union

Saffron Rose, VP Education, Leeds Beckett Students Union

Bolanle Tajudeen,VP Education, Students’ Union University of the Arts elect

Roza Salih, VP Diversity and Advocacy, Strathclyde Students Association

Cindy Asokan, Ethnic Minority Officer, Warwick Students Union

Sorana Vieru, Postgraduate Officer, University of Bristol Student Union

Fiona Edwards, Student Assembly Against Austerity National Organiser & Student Broad Left Secretary

James Honke, University of Birmingham Student Assembly Against Austerity

Shadia Edwards-Dashti, Student Assembly Against Austerity National Committee

Hayden Cooper, Defend Education Exeter

Rochelle Owusu-Antwi, NUS NEC

Saba Shiraz , Birkbeck Black Students Officer-Elect

Alistair Farrow, External Campaigns Officer Kingston University Students Union  Modern European Philosophy

David Suber, Co-President Democracy and Education – SOAS Students Union


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