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Sign Students Protest Letter of Support, National College of Art & Design (Dublin, Ireland)

More than 100 NCAD students took part in the protest.  Credit: NCAD Student Action

More than 100 NCAD students took part in the protest. Credit: NCAD Student Action

Please Consider supporting the students at The National College of Art & Design (Dublin, Ireland) by signing this letter.

If you would like to sign this letter just post a comment and list your title, name and affiliation as follows:

“Dr. Jane Doe, Associate Professor at the University of the Universe”

Letter of Support for NCAD Student Action

As academics, administrators, and PhD students, both national and international, we are writing to express our support for the student campaign currently underway at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin. The current campaign mirrors those taking place across Europe and further afield and shares with them a common feature: the continued corporatisation of the higher education system to the detriment of the student body.

It is clear that the proposed changes at NCAD will result in cuts to student services, fewer resources, and access to studio space. All will occur against the backdrop of an expanding number of incoming students. It is a clear case of short-sightedness and one we are seeing reproduced across higher-education institutions across the world.

As academics we share our concern with the students that these institutions are distinct from the corporate world and should not seek to emulate it. Rather, we encourage and support the students in their attempt to rescue the identity and core ethos of their institution. It is further important to us that when student bodies show clear dissatisfaction with the trajectory of their institution that this is taken seriously by the administration as a direct signal that the proposed changes are not in line with the educational values that drew them to the institution in the first place.

We ask that the administration take the opportunity to reflect the consequences of their proposals and to remember it is the students who should be the primary consideration in their decision-making process.

In solidarity,

Dr. Maria Nikolakaki, Associate Professor, University of Peloponnese.

Slavoj Žižek senior researcher at the Institute for Sociology and Philosophy, University of Ljubljana, Global Distinguished Professor of German at New York University and international director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities.

Dr. David Allen, Sociology Dept. Temple University & The Global Center for Advanced Studies

Dr. Jeremy Fernando, Jean Baudrillard Fellow, European Graduate School & Fellow of Tembusu College, National University of Singapore

Dr. Carl Sachs, Assistant Professor, Marymount University

May Hibri, PhD candidate and teacher assistant at York University, Toronto, Canada

Dr. Peter Thompson, Dept. of Germanic Studies, University of Sheffield

Dr. Michael O’Neill Burns, Department of Philosophy, Loyola University Maryland.

Dr. Steven Shakespeare, Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, Liverpool Hope University

Prof. Rebecca Weisman, Director of the Art Institute, The Global Center for Advanced Studies

Dr. Stephen Cadwell, Post-Doctoral Researcher, Irish Academy of World Music & Dance, University of Limerick

Randy Dible, student at the Global Center for Advanced Studies

Dr. Creston C. Davis, Founder and Director of the Global Centre for Advanced Studies

Dr. Levi Bryant, Professor of Philosophy, Collin College

Dr. Anthony Paul Smith, Department of Religion, La Salle University

Dr. Heather Davis, Institute for the Arts and Humanities, Pennsylvania State University

Robert Jackson, PhD Student, Lancaster University.

Drew Burk, Editor, Univocal. Graduate of The European Graduate School

Taylor Weaver, PhD student in Religious Studies, University of Kent

Dr. Fabio Gironi, Post-Doctoral Fellow, University College Dublin.

Dr. Paul J. Ennis, Research Fellow, Trinity College Dublin

Ivey Lufkin, Student at The Global Center for Advanced Studies

Tom Trevatt, PhD Student, Goldsmiths University.

Rory Rowan, Department of Geography, University of Zurich.

Dr. Nick Srnicek, London School of Economics.

Dr James Trafford, University for the Creative Arts

Chris Bond, Administration Staff, University College Dublin.

Dominic Fox, Alumni, Lincoln College, Oxford

Azfar Hussain, Vice-President of The Global Center for Advanced Studies and Prof. at Grand Valley State University

Paul Boshears, PhD candidate, Europäische Universität für Interdisziplinäre Studien | The European Graduate School.

Dr. Katerina Kolozova, University American College-Skopje.

Paul Doody, PhD candidate, Dept. of Philosophy, King’s College London

11 comments on “Sign Students Protest Letter of Support, National College of Art & Design (Dublin, Ireland)

  1. Panagiotis Kanellopoulos
    March 30, 2015

    I hereby sign this letter in support of students at the National College of Art & Design (Dublin, Ireland)
    Panagiotis A. Kanellopoulos,
    Associate Professor of Music Education,
    Department of Early Childhood Education,
    University of Thessaly, Greece

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Beth E. McGarry - Indian River State College, Vero Beach, FL
    March 30, 2015

    I support the Students at NCAD! DO THE RIGHT THING!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Joe Small
    March 30, 2015

    Hey guys, both of you should sign as well.


  4. Niamh Moriarty
    March 30, 2015

    Signing on behalf of Dr. Kieran Allen, School Of Sociology, University College Dublin

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Manuel Vargas
    March 31, 2015

    Manuel Vargas, M.A. in Communications, European Graduate School


  6. Anne Reidy
    March 31, 2015

    Anne Reidy, MA ‘Art in The Contemporary World’, NCAD. Artist


  7. William Jonathan Gilfoil
    March 31, 2015

    William Jonathan Gilfoil, Student at the Evergreen State College, signing in solidarity


  8. suhail malik
    March 31, 2015

    Suhail Malik, CCS, Bard / Reader in Critical Studies, Goldsmiths


  9. Pil and Galia Kollectiv
    April 2, 2015

    Pil and Galia Kollectiv, Artists and Lecturers in Fine Art / University of Reading and CASS School of Art


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