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SALFORD UNIVERSITY SACKS TOP PROFESSOR FOR FAILING TO CHASE MONEY
 

Star date: 20th July 2018

PROTEST AT THE LOWRY AS STUDENTS GET DEGREES

Yesterday, as students received their degrees at The Lowry, Professor James Newell and UCU supporters were outside raising awareness of how the University of Salford sacked him, after 27 years service, for basically failing to chase money in what has become a national cause against the marketisation of education.

Almost 3,500 people have signed a petition calling for Professor Newell's reinstatement, as he told the Salford Star that marketisation "is the essential issue that underlies the exorbitant fees that students have to pay..."

Full details here...


University of Salford, Manchester Petitioon to reinstate Prof Newell at Salford University Salford University graduation ceremony
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"...It sends out a signal...how universities are about business and profit, and that education is secondary..." UCU


Yesterday at The Lowry, as Peter Hook and Tony Walsh were getting their honorary doctorates from the University of Salford, 'Manchester', and hundreds of cap and gown wearing graduates were receiving their degrees, outside in the plaza there was a quiet protest about issues underlying further education...

Professor James Newell worked at the University for 27 years and is the most prominent UK scholar in Italian politics, having organised over thirty international conferences, events and workshops on the subject, and produced hundreds of articles and book contributions. Yet he was recently sacked from his post for basically failing to chase cash.

"It's about the marketisation of education" he explained "It involves running universities like businesses and using financial targets as a means of assessing staff, rather than their genuine abilities in the area of teaching and research.

"For example, what will happen is that the university will say you have to achieve a certain level of research grant income every year, expecting you to shoehorn research into the achievement of a research grant, rather than deciding you need a research grant in order to carry out a piece of research" he added "I don't think this is an appropriate way to treat staff and I wouldn't go along with it."

Professor Newell handed out leaflets and spoke to graduates before and after the ceremonies, aided by members of lecturers' trade union UCU who had come from Sheffield Hallam University to support him. Salford University lecturers themselves couldn't be seen to be lending support as they would have found themselves in hot water for 'bringing the university into disrepute'.

"I'm here in support of an eminent professor and comrade who has an unblemished track record, but has been dismissed from his job for failure to attract sufficient grant income" said Annie Jones from Sheffield Hallam UCU

"I'm not sure that has been very expressed in anyone's employment contract, and I think it sends out a signal about the march of neo-liberalism, and how universities are about business and profit, and that education is secondary" she added "An injury to one is an injury to all, therefore this is not just Professor Newell's fight; it's a fight on behalf of everybody working in our education system."

Indeed, almost 3,500 people have signed a petition calling for Professor Newell's reinstatement, while a letter in his support is being prepared for The Guardian signed by prominent academics.*

"It is wider than my case" he explained "I've got over the personal slight, and for me it's all about trying to push back on the marketisation of education, which is the essential issue that underlies the exorbitant fees that students have to pay; it's the issue underlying the attack on our pensions which we tried to resist in February and March, and it's about ensuring that what happened to me is less likely to happen to people who come after me..."

The Salford Star contacted Salford University for a comment, and a spokesperson said: "The University is unable to enter into dialogue with third parties regarding any of our employees or former employees for clearly identified legal reasons including those contained within the Data Protection Act 2018.

"Please be assured that the University of Salford seeks to uphold the highest possible standards in relation to both research and teaching" they added "and that we are accountable for any action that we take in this regard..."


* To sign the petition in support of Professor Newell Ė click here

Main photo shows Professor Newell (on the left) with UCU supporters

Salfordian wrote
at 06:22:25 on 22 July 2018
Is this a misprint there is'nt a salford uni in manchester.

Alice wrote
at 07:57:45 on 21 July 2018
This trend is the only 'name in the game' nowadays. How much money can you bring in! To judge someone in education by this ignores the real reason for education. The quality of life is to do with genuine understanding, sensitivity to others and justice based on equality and knowledge. These have been ignored in this case. We are drifting more and more towards the way America judges its people. He must be reinstated with an apology from the money-only minded administration.

Annmarie Royle wrote
at 11:18:54 on 20 July 2018
I have had the pleasure of being taught by Jim for the past two years and found him to be the most approachable, helpful, and down to earth lecturer that I have come across at Salford. It is appalling that Jim has been treated like this after 27 years loyal service, especially given the fact that it has nothing to do with his teaching ability!! Jim is there to teach, and should be assessed on this, not his ability to hit targets for the benefit of the university. All of my fellow class mates who have been taught by Jim are shocked and saddened by this news and are calling for him to be reinstated! #REINSTATEJimNewell

forty years on(when afar and asunder) wrote
at 11:18:52 on 20 July 2018
Years ago An old boy of my school who had risen to a very high place in the health service estates section told me what a bunch of two faced bastards salford council were. He said that they bent over backwards to help the university, but screwed each and every penny they could get out of the health service. It seems Salford uni are just the same as all the the rest of the socialist elite in our city. All out for what they can grab. As long as people vote for them they will get away with it. How come Scotland, which is a poorer country than england ,can have free uni education and England cannot. I wish Nichola Sturgeon would bring Scotish nationalist candidates to England in the next election which looks like its coming.I would vote for them. Of course you couldn't have an English nationalist party, as that would be rascist, and thats not allowed. You can have Scotish ,Welsh, Irish and Cornish nationalists but you can't have English ones.

Celeste Corrigam wrote
at 08:50:12 on 20 July 2018
Appalling that some jobsworth could end a career by ticking a box! Well done prof for standing up for education over profit! Hope you are re-instated!

Just a thought wrote
at 08:50:08 on 20 July 2018
Forgive me star...on a story on marketisation of the HE sector...our beloved university continues to shoot itself in the foot. I shall ask the university again...does it do geography degrees? The photograph is damning. I would have been happy with the compromise of its earlier tag line, but this Russell group attempt destroys the ideal of the institution .... There is a clue for the leaders of the institution....it lies by the bridge...you are not in Manchester ladies and gents, you are in SALFORD. Either restore the proper county name or stop using our neighbour to grab students. Itís false advertising.

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