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4 NEWS IN BRIEF


‘Heythrop’ emergency motion at SOAS SU


An emergency motion has been submitted to the SOAS UGM to allow their proxy vote at ULU Senate to be given only to other SOAS representatives, rather than representatives from other colleges within ULU. This move was prompted after


SOAS students attending Senate as observers were unhappy with how Heythrop, the college given the SOAS proxy, cast its vote. Maham Hashmi, ULU Trustee and


SOAS student, said: “I submitted the motion because only representatives of SOAS can be held to account by SOAS students. We can’t do anything when others vote against our wishes, with no democratic mandate, and no fair representation of us and our views.”


Matt Posner


Abs-olutely elected Chair


By LUCY PICKERING


Award-winning theatre company, Non Zero One, is returning to Royal Holloway, University of London as “Resident Theatre Company” to teach undergraduate students, three years after its members themselves graduated from the Department of Drama and Theatre. Non Zero One shot to acclaim after


their final year production appeared at the Southwark Playhouse and the Barbican as part of the BITE ‘10 (Bar- bican International Theatre Events) programme. They have


since


presented work at the National Theatre, Bush Theatre, Tate Britain, The Junction and Latitude Festival, and are an affiliate company of the National Theatre Studio. The group’s members will be


teaching on three undergraduate Drama and Theatre courses: Theatre & Performance Making, Performance Research Project and Final Year Project, in which they will share and explore approaches to devising interactive performance, as part of a year long residency. Non Zero One told London Student: “We are thrilled to be returning to


Royal Holloway to teach on the Drama and Theatre degree, in the department where Non Zero One formed three years ago. We have always valued the ongoing support from the college, and this is an hon- our for the company.” Dan Rebellato, Head of the


Department of Drama and Theatre, added: “Non Zero One are one of the most exciting new young theatre companies to appear in recent years, and we’re immensely proud that they formed and made their first work at Royal Holloway. I couldn’t be more pleased that they’ve agreed to come


back and inspire a new generation of students.” Non Zero One received an Off


West End award for Best Entertainment in 2011 for ‘this is where we got to when you came in’, the final production for the old Bush Theatre. The group will return to the Barbican this autumn with ‘the time out’ (from 23rd September to 4th November), which was developed and toured in 2011 and supported by the Arts Council and The Basement, Brighton.


London Student 22nd October 2012 • www.london-student.net RHUL students return as theatre group


Abs Hussanali, a student at Heythrop and ULU Trustee last academic year, has been elected as the Chair of ULU Senate. In an uncontested election, Abs won a unanimous vote, with 12 votes to 0. Abs told London Student: “I do not


run in these elections just to be some- thing, but to do something as well. We must do things differently by picking up the pieces, facing up to the truth, pushing the boundaries, and showing everyone that we mean business once again. ULU requires a transformation, and with it, a fundamental change of student politics within London.”


David Levine


Queen Mary UCU set to strike By ELLEN TANSEY


On 28th September, QMUL UCU’s ballot for strike action closed, with the significant margin of 64.9% in favour of strike, and an even greater support for action short of a strike of 81.1%. UCU have called the strike in light of over 20 areas of the college that have been, are being, or will be restricted by management in the immediate future. The strike is in response to moves


that have been criticised by both The Lancet and The Time Higher Education, as well as numerous international figures in the science world; The School of Biological and Chemical Science has been particularly dramat- ically restructured. With 1645 students signing petitions against the


restructuring, QMSU Student Council passed a motion, resolving to “call for the immediate halt of these proposals pending a full reassessment of its impacts in light of current opposition, by both QMSU and UCU.” Professor John Allen and Professor Fanis Missirlis, SBSC staff, publicly described the moves as “mindless managerial


rampage.” QMSU


management in SBCS has gone ahead with its plans, which threatens around a third of staff with loss of research positions and redundancies, as well as a further 43 positions under threat in The School of Medicine and Dentistry. In a letter to a UCU member in the


QMUL branch, Sally Hunt, UCU General Secretary, wrote: “As part of


its ambitious restructure, your management has embarked on several rounds of job cuts, making use of crude, retrospectively-applied metrics, leading your branch to conclude that


it no longer has confidence in the college’s commitment to avoiding redundancy. The state of the proposed UCU branch strike is as of yet unconfirmed.


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