As academics in Ireland and those working abroad, we write to express our solidarity with the students currently taking action at the National College of Art and Design [Dublin. We are concerned by the continued corporatisation that has consumed higher education in recent years. This has led to shortsighted management decisions based on little more than a drive to ‘balance the books’.
We urgently need another model of what higher education might be – one guided by the pursuit of learning rather than the pursuit of profit, driven by radical enquiry rather than bogus metrics, and committed to creating a space in which everyone who teaches, works and learns is afforded the entitlement and responsibility of equality. The students who are now taking action at NCAD, like those elsewhere in Europe right now, are committed to exploring the possibility of that other model. We give them our support at this time.
Mairead Enright, University of Kent
Eoin O’Mahony, St. Patrick’s College / DCU
Dr Patrick Bresnihan, Maynooth University
Zoë Lawlor, University of Limerick
Dr Jones Irwin, St Patrick’s College / DCU
Dr Sinead Kennedy, Maynooth University
Dr James Carr, University of Limerick
Dr Kylie Jarrett, Maynooth University
Dr Audrey Bryan, St Patrick’s College / DCU
Bryan Wall, University College Cork
Aggelos Panayiotopoulos, University of Limerick
Dr Charles Travis, Trinity College Dublin
Dr Henry Silke, DCU
Dr Rory Hearne, Maynooth University
Dr Gavan Titley, Maynooth University
Rory Rowan, University of Zurich
Illan Wall, University of Warwick
Aileen O’Carroll, Maynooth University.
Previously: Occupy NCAD