Higher education in England has changed forever. It is no exaggeration to say that universities are in their twilight hours as public institutions for the universality of people and ideas, says John Heathershaw. The discussions during the occupation at the University of Exeter show that there are alternatives.
Since leaving full-time education, I have worked with the student movement in several ways – through backing campaigns, through being employed by a students' union, through giving freelance media training to groups such as People & Planet and the Student Christian Movement.
And I have never felt more proud to be associated with the student movement than I do this week.
The US diplomatic cables leaked to WikiLeaks, and reproduced by them, by the Guardian, the New York Times and others have been dismissed in some quarters as 'tittle tattle'. Actually, they have revealed some significant, startling and disturbing facts.
The denial of bail to WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange looks to be far more about politics than justice, conveniently coinciding as it does with a (so far little-reported) threat by the US to get in on the extradition game.