University Strike in Britain: „We will listen to students.“
Today, 2 March, we enter the third week of the UK University Strike. Staff are not standing alone, but have been joined by many students (who the university expected, due to the high fees they have to pay, to turn on their striking staff). Far from it. ‘We will listen to students.’ This was the declaration of Janet Beer, the then-new Vice Chancellor of Oxford Brookes University in October 2006. Though this quote, will soon reach its fifteenth anniversary, Beer has been saying similar things for several years to the students attending the University of Liverpool, where she is the current Vice Chancellor, raking in an eye-watering £410,000 salary.
This said, students at the University of Liverpool have heeded Dame Janet Beer’s invitations for communication and dialogue.