This is really nasty news, it just keeps getting worse.
I agree with your key points above. These people, the ones who “manage” UEL have to understand that by shutting down peaceful debate and discussion, they are responsible for provoking aggressive actions. It’s a simple and recurring rule of social (dis)order – they need merely consult with any dictator who will confirm this.
Otherwise, the University of East London has clearly failed to live up to what is expected of a university. They have opted for management consultancy in support of business…which is not a university. Moreover, since they cannot even manage dissent within their own home, one wonders how valuable the “advice” is that the university would offer to corporations.
Academics who are fed up with this state of affairs are going to have to create new associations for themselves, and pool resources, so that such nastiness can be directly challenged and rendered “expensive” for institutions such as UEL.
I think Chris Knight was too narrow and selective when suggesting who might be hung from lamp posts.
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Thanks. Great comment. We see the commercialisation of universities in Norway as well. The University of East London might be an extreme example though (as also the language they use on their website shows). Yes, let’s hope more academics will wake up and realise what is happening and do something about it