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Boycott Goldsmiths

Boycott Goldsmiths!

12 January 2022

UCU has censured Goldsmiths University with the ultimate sanction of a global academic boycott over the university's sacking of up to 46 staff.

The global boycott means the union is asking its members, other trade unions, labour movement organisations and the international academic community to support its members at Goldsmiths in any way possible, including by:

  • refusing to speak at or organise academic or other conferences and events (with Goldsmiths or involving Goldsmiths) which do not directly contribute to core teaching duties on accredited programmes
  • refusing to participate in new non-research based partnership enterprises with Goldsmiths
  • refusing to write for any academic journal which is edited at or produced by Goldsmiths
  • refusing to accept new contracts as external examiners for taught courses
  • relocating events due to take place at Goldsmiths to other venues.

UCU is also urging all external speakers invited to participate in events at Goldsmiths to refuse to collaborate with the institution in solidarity with staff fighting to save jobs and defend the future of the university.

Both Goldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Art and the Student Union are exempt from this boycott, we encourage you to continue to patronise them and enjoy their events.

Please also show your support for Goldsmiths UCU's campaign:

Why the boycott?

Goldsmiths wants to make the cuts as part of a 'recovery plan' after years of financial mismanagement have left the university with a £12.7m deficit. Goldsmiths UCU says the 'recovery plan' is a deal struck with Lloyds and Natwest banks to use redundancies to improve the university's finances.

The latest escalation comes after university management doubled down on the job cuts and confirmed it would be using 'rank and yank' tactics to decide who keeps their job and who goes. The tactic, which was widely condemned by academics during the dispute at the University of Liverpool last year, will see academics ranked against each other according to their skills, experience and achievements. The staff it ranks bottom will be sacked. Staff have so far taken three weeks of strike action over the planned job cuts, which only ended last month.

Last updated: 7 February 2022