Students, Politicised

Image: Fred Shan for The Courtauldian

28 February, 2018

The current Universities and Colleges Union strike over proposed changes to the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) is into its fifth day. Since the strike began last Thursday, I have spent a considerable amount of time at the Courtauld’s picket line documenting it for The Courtauldian. Observing student reactions and talking to lecturers has provided an opportunity to reflect on the Courtauld’s student politics and the politicisation of students in relation to the impasse between university management and academics.

Ordinarily, there is a perception that students are hard-line leftists by default—likely stoked by displays of alignment with left-wing politics and the latching-on to anti-capitalist causes. At the Courtauld, however, political outpourings are generally much less visible—save from the impressive number of students who rallied today for the march to Parliament Square. The Institute’s student-run societies are largely apolitical, and we have none that are affiliated with any of the UK’s mainstream political parties.