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:

and here's the latest exchange:

please feel free to circulate this

many thanks

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