Teach-Outs: Invitation to Collaborate

For 14 days between February 20th and March 13th, BSU@UCU will be on strike to defend our conditions of employment. We all worry about the effects our strike action may have on our students, so Bath Spa UCU will be collaborating with University of Bath UCU to run a series of teach-outs, enabling students to enjoy just as high-quality education as usual. These events will be held at The Bell Inn, Bath, but we will hold our own ‘launch’ for these teach-outs at The Globe on the first strike day, Thursday 20th, at 1-3pm.

We are therefore inviting you — whether or not you are normally engaged in teaching — to suggest a session that you’d contribute to the combined UCU teach-outs.

We’ve never done this before, so we can’t predict what the take up will be like either from staff or students, but our colleagues at Bath ran something similar last year – see this timetable from November 2019 – so they will take the lead in putting together the schedule of talks/events. We’ll be working with them and will do our best to accommodate everyone and we will certainly ensure that the event is educational, inspirational, and most of all, fun!

Of course, we are all very much hoping that the University changes its plans so we can call off the strike and return to teaching our courses; but in the absence of that regular contact these sessions might also serve to keep open a valuable channel of communication with our students whilst demonstrating in a practical way that our action is directed at our employer and not at them.

Due to the tight turnaround we would like initial proposals by the end of *Tuesday 18 February 2020*, so if you would like to be involved please add your details to the attached spreadsheet.

THEMES


The organisers will make sure that there are sessions directly related to the strike, on themes like trade unions, academic freedom, and students’ own visions for higher education.


We’d love other colleagues (whether academic or academic related) simply to run ‘public science’ or 'café'-type sessions that might capture the imaginations of our students. Rather than give a list of possible examples we'd prefer to leave the topic(s) to your imagination, but we’d particularly like to see sessions that model modes of education or topics that you’d like to offer within the university, but ordinarily can’t.

FORMAT

  • Each teach-out session will comprise two 50-minute slots in the afternoon (exact times TBC but most likely 14:00-16:00) on strike days. Obviously, the more offers we receive the more strike days we can cover across the duration of the industrial action

  • They need to be critical, energetic, and engaging, suited to a general undergraduate audience

  • Otherwise, you can do what you like, as long as you can provide any equipment needed! (It is possible that not all venues will have projection equipment

  • As a general rule we suggest a short (20 min) lecture followed by open discussion would work well.

 

PLEASE OFFER A SESSION!

Please send your proposals by filling in the spreadsheet at:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1kIL0EcLbcG5mQ8Sao2qpdvVEopyCMbCxVXHS5KUsIso/edit?usp=sharing

If you have any questions please email.

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