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The “clandestine university” is clandestine no more

For years, academics and other staff have been quietly resisting the marketisation of our universities. Now, a series of strikes has brought their objections in to the open—and there's no going back

By James Williams  

The "clandenstine university" is clandenstine no more.

I was appointed to a permanent academic post in 2012, by which time it was already too late. Not for me, that is, although by then I was thirty-two and had lost a decade of pension contributions compared to a career started at twenty-one. One of the most important contexts for understanding the industrial action taken by UCU in defence of defined benefit pensions is the fact that, in academia, stable…

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