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More Middlesex press

19 May 2010

More articles on the Middlesex stand-off published in recent days:

The Guardian

Why is Middlesex University philosophy department closing?

By any public standard philosophy at Middlesex University is a success story, but funding formulas mean it is marked for closure

Times Higher Education

Why Middlesex Matters

The past three weeks have seen an international outcry at the decision by the administration of Middlesex University in London to close its small but very highly regarded philosophy programme. Why were so many American academics, many of them besieged by budget crises at their own universities, so upset at this decision made so far away? Why did Middlesex matter to those thousands who so quickly became involved, and why should it matter to all American academics, even those who are only just now hearing of it?

Middlesex outrage amplified

9 May 2010

Earlier today the BBC World Service beamed news of the closure of the Middlesex philosophy department – and the protest it has attracted – to the four corners of the world. Listen to the coverage here (starts at 41 min. 12 sec.).

At the same time The Guardian/The Observer published yet another article on the international scale of the outrage this news has triggered:

Middlesex University cuts spark international protest from philosophers

Move to phase out philosophy teaching at leading department branded a ‘national and international concern’

There is another important intervention on the pages of The Guardian by Lynne Segal:

Middlesex’s philosophical struggle

The situation is extraordinary by any rational, let alone scholarly, accounting. The Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy was the feather in the cap of that young university. It was its highest-rated submission in the last research assessment exercise and in the top third of philosophy departments in the whole of the UK.


Here is also some coverage from The Telegraph:

Plan to shut leading philosophy course condemned by academics

Plans to shut one of the world’s leading university philosophy courses have sparked outrage among academics.

The Guardian on Middlesex

6 May 2010

A bit of coverage in The Guardian on the Middlesex occupation:

Universities and colleges hit by industrial action

“Members of the University and College Union (UCU) at King’s College, London, are in the second day of a walkout over a £27m cuts programme at the institution, while at Middlesex approximately 30 students are occupying the university’s Mansion building in protest at the planned closure of the philosophy department. (…)

The 30 Middlesex students have been staging a peaceful sit-in since Tuesday morning calling for the university to reverse its decision to shut the world-renowned philosophy department. Anindya Bhattacharyya, an MA student, said they had mainly been studying, having rigged up a pulley system to get their books into the building.”