Sarah Amsler is Reader in Education at the University of Lincoln (UK). She writes on the cultural politics of knowledge and education, teaches the sociology and philosophy of education and critical pedagogies, and is a founding member of the ‘Social Science Centre’ higher education cooperative. She is involved in research projects on transformative cultural practice, popular higher education and pedagogical justice. Her book Educating Radical Democracy is forthcoming.
- "Work hard to load up the ballots for key senate and faculty council elections with candidates who are union members or strong advocates for a more open university."
- "In 2012, New Zealand’s National-led government allocated ‘new’ resources to university engineering and science faculties by shifting funding away from the humanities and social sciences faculties in a zero-based budget scheme."
- "In 2010, the UK’s conservative–liberal coalition government abruptly withdrew all state funding to English universities for teaching in the social sciences, arts and humanities, redirecting it to individual students in the form of personal loans as part of a wider drive to marketise the system of higher education (except in economically ‘strategic’ areas)."
- "The imposition of larger student fees and reductions in tuition grants and living allowances, for example, means that the teacher–student relationship is explicitly founded upon a principle of commodity exchange."
- "Peer or self-archiving is one possibility; new international projects such as the Open Library of the Humanities point to the emergence of more systematic alternative platforms for disseminating intellectual work."
- "In England, the budget rule is often simpler: if you can pay the balance of your salary through attracting fee-paying students and obtaining competitive research grants, you can be considered a valuable, viable and a responsible contributor to the university’s strategic development."
- "• Cultivate collective action through unionisation and, where possible, academic and public-advocacy organisations."
- "Since 2000, we have experienced in parallel a number of processes which illustrate how key technologies of neoliberal reorganisation and resistance work cross-nationally."
- "Even as we work to critically understand the limits and possibilities of different alternatives, we are also interested in intensifying and expanding the critical spaces that remain within."
- "The problem is not with adjunct positions as such."