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Wednesday, 1 June 2011

AHRC and The Big Society: UCU speaks out

Here is a link from Thom Brooks' estimable blog - which I heartily recommend, for more informed views of the politics of academe than you will find here - to a piece reporting that UCU have backed the moves to remove The Big Society from the AHRC's delivery plan.  That is either, a: good news, increasing pressure on Rylance and co, and highlighting further the curious absence of the Royal Historical Society from the roster of objectors (though I have not been able to find out what the state of play is here), leading to the supposition that Jones and co think that Rylance's excuse that he wasn't forced into this but 'done it all himself' is somehow acceptable ... or b: a disaster that will kill the movement against the AHRC's adoption of political slogans stone dead, especially if Sally Hunt and her war-cabinet get to say what the best strategies to adopt might be.  If in line with their usual tactical/strategic nouse, the latter might include blinding an orphan every day until Rick Rylance changes his mind.  That'll show 'em.

1 comment:

  1. Let us not forget the names of the AHRC Council, despite their evident desire to remain silent. The track record of Brindley, Thompson and Trainor does not inspire confidence. Did you ever get an answer from the Royal Historical Society about its silence?

    Professor Jonathan Bate, University of Warwick
    2007-2011
    Professor John Butt, University of Glasgow
    2010-2014
    Dame Lynne Brindley, British Library
    2008-2011
    Ms Sally Doganis, Doganis Associates
    2007-2011
    Professor Ellen Douglas Cowie, Queens University Belfast
    2008-2011
    Professor Rick Rylance, AHRC Chief Executive
    2009-2013
    Professor Roger Kain, School of Advanced Studies
    2008-2011
    Richard Halkett, Cisco, LA
    2008-2011
    John Howkins, writer and consulant, London
    2008-2011
    Professor Ewan McKendrick, University of Oxford
    2010-2014
    Mr Trevor Spires, retired, ex Royal Navy
    2010-2014
    Professor Andrew Thompson, University of Leeds
    2010-2014
    Professor Rick Trainor, Kings College London
    2006-2011
    Professor Sarah Worthington, LSe
    2010-2014
    Professor Sir Alan Wilson, AHRC Chairman

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