[NetBehaviour] email about "prevent"

ruth catlow ruth.catlow at furtherfield.org
Sat Apr 30 16:33:17 CEST 2016

Hi Michael,
I appreciate your response to this process, and for highlighting so 
clearly what is at stake. I no longer hold a permanent post in a Higher 
Education institution but have been shocked to read in the press, and to 
hear from those of my peers who do, about increasing pressure to monitor 
and report (and so impinge on the freedom of expression of) learners. 
This is part of a wider threat (along with the tactics of the gutter 
press) to the development of the critical and discursive faculties in 
the UK public at large.


On 29/04/16 20:27, Michael Szpakowski wrote:
> Hi all
> the college where I teach has enthusiastically taken to heart the 
> government's Islamophobic "prevent" strategy. Last week they made it 
> compulsory for every further education student to attend ( and I am 
> not making this up) a /puppet show /about "prevent" and put pressure 
> on HE lecturers to pressure their students to attend.
> In response I sent I sent a carefully worded e mail to our management 
> and copied in the UCU  ( the lecturers union) membership and my 
> students too, whom I regard, perhaps unfashionably, as being capable 
> of making their own minds up about things.
> I have now been summoned to a meeting with HR and a senior manager.
> I am chronicling events on Flickr. I would really appreciate support - 
> at the moment simply in terms of favouriting and commenting upon the 
> posts but it could well come to some sort of campaign if they attempt 
> to discipline me. Here's my original email:
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/szpako/26601297832/
> and here's the latest exchange:
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/szpako/26716002535/
> please feel free to circulate this
> many thanks
> michael
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