— Bartlett staff and students on strike for education as a public good, accessible and affordable for all





— Bartlett staff and students on strike against pension cuts and for education as a public good, accessible and affordable for all






Schedule of events around the UCU Pension Strike.

Monday 26 Feb

Strike-Writing & Sign-Making Teach-Out
9-12pm: 22 Gordon Street
Join us to write and read words from strikes and picket lines past, present and future. Bring your favorite quotes and poems and songs to read aloud, and writing implements to pen and tweet your own strike-writing. This will run in parallel with a sign-making session.

UCL UCU Demonstration
12:30pm: Tavistock Square

Paul Mason & Catherine Hall Teach-Out
2pm: The Building Centre, Store Street
Organised by UCL History.

Tuesday 27 Feb

Hedge Schools and other forms of transformative pedagogy
9-12pm: 22 Gordon Street
Join us to talk radical pedagogy, civic education and teaching to transgress!

David Graeber Teach-Out
1-3pm: UCL UCU, 52 Gower Street
David is author of Debt: The First 5000 Years (2011); The Democracy Project (2013); The Utopia of Rules (2015); and the eagerly awaited: Bullshit Jobs, A Theory.

Wednesday 28 Feb

9-12pm: 22 Gordon Street
BREAK//LINE will present their union banner and manifesto, and talk about developing a critique of the trespass of capital into practice and pedagogy.

We are keen to reach out to design staff and students. So anyone with a project relating to the themes of the strike — inequality, precarity, debt, intergenerational equity — please come along to a crit which will take place inside at the front of the foyer and on the street.

Current PhD students will talk from the street about themes of civic pedagogy, participatory and performative practice relating to their research located inside the building in the PhD show. 

Take up a position wherever you feel comfortable. 

March for Education: Back Pension & Pay Strikes
12pm: Assemble Malet St, London WC1E 7HY

Monday 5 March

7:30am: Quad, Gower Street
8:30-9:30am: RIBA, 66 Portland Place
Delegation to lobby the UCU/UUK talks facilitated by ACAS.

Global Prosperity and the University Teach-Out
10-12pm: Maple House, 149 Tottenham Court Road
Chris Harker and Matthew Davies from the Institute for Global Prosperity will lead a teach out discussion on global prosperity and the university outside Maple House.

Strike Meeting
12-1:30pm: Congress Centre, 28 Great Russell Street

Tuesday 6 March

7:30am: Quad, Gower Street

Ungovernable Space Teach-Out
10-11am: 22 Gordon Street
James O'Leary - Ungovernable Space: Threshold, Picket, Barricade, Peaceline.

Blacklisting Teach-Out
11-12pm: UCL UCU, 52 Gower Street
Organized by UCL Laws

Tariq Ali Teach-Out
1-1:50pm: UCL UCU, 52 Gower Street

Wednesday 7 March

7:30am: Quad, Gower Street

Strike-Writing Teach-Out
10-11:30am: 22 Gordon Street
Thandi Loewenson - Towards a Strike Alphabet and María Catalina Venegas - Pasquinade workshop.

11:30am: Quad, Gower Street
All UCL unified.

Strike Meeting
12-1pm: UCL UCU, 52 Gower Street

Caring for the City Teach-Out
1-3pm: UCL UCU, 52 Gower Street
Convened by Just Space, this session will have presentations and discussion on participation in planning, housing, food security, environment, as part of a new radical London Plan. ucljustspace.wordpress.com / @justspace7

Gentrification as a Hate Crime Teach-Out
5pm: UCL Anthropology, 14 Taviton Street
Adam Kaasa - Gentrification as a Hate Crime. Organised by UCL Anthropology. 

Thursday 8 March

7:30am: Quad, Gower Street

BodyPolitic Teach-Out
10-12pm: 22 Gordon Street
On International Women’s Day, Clare Farell and Miles Glyn of #BodyPolitic will join The Bartlett picket line to host a special Solidarity-Complexity workshop. 

#BodyPolitic works to encourage and facilitate others to use their bodies as a space for creative response and positive resistance; through workshops, and the re-use and re-purposing of clothing and materials. 

Join #BodyPolitic to turn your body into space for EXPRESSION/DEMONSTRATION. Bring your favourite or LEAST favourite jacket/garment and an umbrella – no further materials required.

International Women's Day Rally
11-1pm: 20 Bedford Way
Organised by UCL Women's Network and Students' Union UCL. Marketization of universities have lead to a legitimization of the gender gaps since it allows employers maximise profits, job insecurity, feminisation of poverty caused by having less pensions but more people dependent on us. These cuts to pensions will disproportionately affect women.

Strike Meeting
12-1pm: UCL UCU, 52 Gower Street

International Women’s Day Feminist Teach-Out
1-3pm: UCL UCU, Gower Street
This feminist teach-out, convened by Bartlett staff and students, opens up space to bring together UCL researchers, educational practitioners and activists who are addressing precarity, inequality and protest in relation to gender and through intersectional approaches. 

  • Florence Sutcliffe-Braithwaite: Women on the picket line in the miners’ strike of 1984-5
  • Justine Canady, Women’s Officer at UCLU: Current campaigns and activities at UCL
  • Bella Webb and Alizay Agha: Our Bodies: Sexual Assault & Harassment on Campus
  • Laura Marshall and Ben Campkin: LGBTQ+ night-spaces & safer spaces for women in London, from 1986 to the present
  • Sarabajaya Kumar: Intersectionality: the birth of a new non-profit organisation and our agenda for action
  • Maria McLintock: Between the picket lines
  • Miranda Critchley: Yarl's Wood hunger strikers

Open Mic: if you would like to make a contribution to this event, through a reading, talk, poem, etc. please let us know at the start as there may be space in the programme.

Monday 12 March

9-12pm: 22 Gordon Street

Museums & UCL Teach-Out
10am: 22 Gordon Square
Join us to discuss the crucial roles played by museums at UCL! Speakers include: Dr. Chiara Ambrosio (Science & Technology Studies), Dr. Georgina Brewis (Education, Practice & Society), Dr. Emily Dawson (Science & Technology Studies), Dr. Emma Richardson (History of Art), Dr. Marquard Smith (Culture, Communication & Media) and Dr. Alice Stevenson (Institute of Archaeology).

Still the Enemy Within Teach-Out
1-3pm: UCL UCU, 52 Gower Street
Teach-out on the Miners’ Strike with Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners: Nicola Field, Mike Jackson and Mike Simons, UCU Convening.

The City as a Network of Learning Teach-Out
3-4pm: 14 Taviton Street
Teach-out by Stephen Marshall and Daniel Fitzpatrick on The City as a Network of Learning: Reviving A Pattern Language for the Smart App age? In his classic book A Pattern Language, Christopher Alexander and coauthors imagined the city as a 'Network of Learning', weaving education into the physical and social fabric of urban life. Here we revisit and reimagine these ideas in the age of the Smart App, asking how (where, and by whom) such a network of learning could be created today. Organised by Bartlett School of Planning.

Tuesday 13 March

9-12pm: 22 Gordon Street

(Art) Histories of Protest Teach-Out
11-12pm: 20 Gordon Square

  • Mignon Nixon, Let the Pants Fall Where They May 
  • Marta Zboralska, We Are Not Sleeping
  • Bob Mills, Why University Strikes are Positively Medieval
  • Johannes von Müller, The Art of Throwing a Stone
  • Maria Mileeva, Art and Hooliganism in Putin's Russia
  • Stephanie Schwartz, The Time of Protest; Tamar Garb, Rhodes Must Fall.

From 9:30-11am please come and add your image of protest to the gallery we will erect across from Gordon Square. This can be a work of art that is itself a protest, a portrayal of strike or protest, or visual culture associated with a historical protest movement. String and tape for installing images will be provided. Organised by UCL History of Art.

Wednesday 14 March

9-12pm: 22 Gordon Street

Housing Teach-Out
10am: 22 Gordon Street
Teach-out on housing with Anna Minton, author of Ground Control (Penguin, 2009) and Big Capital (2017) and Harvi Chera (UCL Cut the Rent Campaigner).

Rubber Stamping Teach-Out
10-11am: 22 Gordon Street
Rubber-stamping workshop with illustrator Judit Ferencz.

University/Interrupted Teach-Out
11-12pm: 22 Gordon Street
University/Interrupted: a creative workshop on the affective impact of striking led by Claire Tunnacliffe (Bartlett School of Architecture) and Jade French (QMUL).

March for Education Demonstration
12pm: Assemble at Malet Street
London Region UCU demonstration to Parliament ending with a rally in Westminster Central Hall from 2pm, confirmed speakers to include: Joanna De Groot, UCU President; Catherine West MP; Sean Wallis, UCU NEC and HE Convention.

Education is under a massive attack. Tuition fees for university have gone through the roof and colleges are in frantic competition with each other to recruit students. Now the employers want to wreck the pensions of Higher Education staff. Workers ranging from senior academics to postgraduate teaching assistants have begun a programme of an initial 14 days of strike action, closing 65 universities across the UK. We have seen massive pickets on our campuses, and the overwhelming support of students.

16 colleges of Further Education are also in dispute in defence of their pay and conditions. Further Education has lost 15,000 jobs, and one million adult education places, and lecturers have seen their wages cut by 21% since 2009.

Thursday 15 March

9-12pm: 22 Gordon Street

The Counter-Economics of the Strike Teach-Out
9:30am: 22 Gordon Street
Peg Rawes - Some thoughts on the counter economics of the strike.

The Dream University Teach-Out
10:30-11:30am: 22 Gordon Street
Teach out with Pearl Ahrens and Angus O'Brien. This workshop dreams up an ideal university. We'll consider four areas: space, administration, education and research, how we want them to work, and how they interact. The neoliberal university model is failing; let's plan the alternative.

What is Modern Slavery Teach-Out
Virginia Mantouvalou with Kate Roberts, Head of the Human Trafficking Foundation - What is Modern Slavery?

Bernard Coard Teach-Out
1-3pm: Congress Centre, 28 Great Russell Street
Teach-out with Bernard Coard (Grenadian politician, teacher and critic of institutional racism; helped draft the communist Worker’s Liberation League manifesto in Jamaica) hosted by UCL Dept of the Americas, Josh Hollands convening.

Universities as sites of power and resistance: a view from the Global South Teach-Out
3-4:30pm: 14 Taviton Street
This event focuses on universities as political actors in contested societies. Our attempt is to highlight the ways in which universities function as sites of state power and violence as well as sites of resistance. Chair: Dr. Barbara Lipietz, Bartlett Development Planning Unit. 

  • Prof. Vanessa Watson School of Architecture, Planning and Geomatics at the University of Cape Town
  • Dr. Catalina Ortiz, Bartlett Development Planning Unit - Public Universities as enclaves of critical dialogue in the Colombian peace making process
  • Prof. Haim Yacobi, Bartlett Development Planning Unit - Israel/Palestine: Universities, Militarism and Colonialism in the Occupied Territories.

Friday 16 March

9-12pm: 22 Gordon Street

Project X Crit-Out
9-1pm: 22 Gordon Street
BSc Architecture and Interdisciplinary Studies, Project X.

Strike Chronicle Write-Out
10-12pm: 22 Gordon Street
Strike Chronicle collective write-out: What have we done?

Governance, Ethics, Divestment Teach-Out
1-3pm: UCL UCU, 52 Gower St
Speakers include Saladin Meckled-Garcia (UCL Political Science), Jane Holder (UCL Laws), Jane Rendell (Bartlett School of Architecture), Diana Salazar (Development Planning Unit), Julia Schaff (UCL Fossil Free).

Collective Organisation in Architecture Teach-Out
3-4pm: 14 Taviton Street
Concrete Action on the History of Collective Organisation in Architectural Practice, including a live interview with Jonathan Charley from Glasgow Letters and Space (GLAS). Organised by UCL Anthropology.