Save Lewisham Southwark College

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  1. SELPA

    SELPA Lives for South East London

    Campaign to save Lewisham Southwark College launch meeting
    Hi South East Londoners letting you know about this meeting to save a local institution.

    Edited - There's been a change of venue​
    Friday 20th March
    the meeting will be upstairs in
    The Amersham Arms (opposite New Cross station).

    25% staff cuts have been announced at Lewisham Southwark College, with a further 24% cut to adult education in the next year. By 2020 there will be no more adult provision in Further education if we don't do something now.

    This is the first campaign group meeting and we need your help to oppose these cuts and save lifelong learning. Please come along to support and discuss how we can campaign against the destruction of the college.

    For further information, please email:

    We look forward to seeing you there.
  2. SELPA

    SELPA Lives for South East London

    The Save Lewisham & Southwark College campaign met on Friday* and have agreed an urgent action, early
    Tuesday evening; a lobby of the college's governors who'll be meeting at 5.30pm

    If you have half an hour to give, please be there.
    Time & duration: 5.00 -5.30pm
    What: Signs, saying what Further Education, means & or has meant to you.

    Further education offers a second chance for people who haven't had a conventional educational path, a chance to retrain for those who want to change their life, so to take it away or threaten it through cuts is reducing people's life chances & autonomy. Education is not simply cost it is an investment.

    *A follow up meeting will take place on Friday 27th March, 6.30pm, upstairs at the Amersham Arms.
    The campaign has a slogan - "Spread the knowledge, Keep our college"
  3. SELPA

    SELPA Lives for South East London


    250 of these leaflets were handed out today to promote the lobby tomorrow at 5.00pm to ask the governors to please not cut £7 million from the college.
    If you care about Lewisham & Southwark College and want it to remain a strong institution, please join the lobby tomorrow at 5pm, outside the Lewisham Way site.
  4. SELPA

    SELPA Lives for South East London

    Here's a video of the moment, when a current Lewisham Southwark performing arts student got inspired by the lobby, of the governors held on Tuesday, under 50 secs long.

    Tonight 6.30pm upstairs at The Amersham Arms is the next meeting to discuss how best to defend the college from further cuts.

    All welcome.
    (as an additional note: Goldsmiths university is currently occupation & will be tomorrow, see a report from the Leopard
    This means in Lewisham, education from Primary and Secondary (with the anti-academisation of Pendergast schools), to Further (with Lewisham Southwark), to Higher (with Goldsmiths) is involved in struggles...
  5. SELPA

    SELPA Lives for South East London

    The Save Lewisham Southwark College group, met on Friday. The next lobby of governors will take place on 15 April outside the Lewisham Way Site. It is thought that the nature of the cuts proposed will be announced that day.

    Additionally on 25 April, a National demonstration to protect further education, has been called by the UCU - The University and College union, and will be in Central London. There will be a feeder march going from Lewisham Southwark College's Waterloo campus at 11.30am.
  6. SELPA

    SELPA Lives for South East London

    Some news on this Wednesday's lobby of Lewisham Southwark governors.
    Ex local cllr and current Labour prospective parliamentary candidate for Lewisham Deptford Vicky Foxcroft, will address the lobby. A full list of speakers will be confirmed nearer the time.
    The Defend Lewisham Southwark College community campaign lobby details:
    Date: Wednesday 15 April
    Time: 5pm
    Location: Lewisham Way campus (SE4 1UT)

    At the time of writing full details of the proposed 25% cut to the staffing budget are unknown but it is thought there may be more details emerging on the 15th, hence why the protest is taking place at this time.

    Do come along, if you are free.
  7. SELPA

    SELPA Lives for South East London

    Today 15 April, 5pm Lewisham College Steps.

    Today the management of Lewisham Southwark College decide where the 25% to courses and jobs will fall at the college. Join the protest at Lewisham College steps, Lewisham Way, 5-6pm.
    Twitter: @defendlscollege
  8. SELPA

    SELPA Lives for South East London

    Strike News
    Thursday 4 June

    Dear SE Londoners, an update on the campaign.

    "With there being a continued threat of compulsory redundancies at Lewisham Southwark College, members of the University and College Union (UCU) will be taking a day of strike action on Thursday 4th June. Details for the day are as follows:
    • Lewisham Way: Picket line from 7.30am, starting at Breakspears Road (back) entrance. Second picket will commence after 8am at front entrance.
    • Deptford: Picket line at entrance to car park from 7.30am onwards.
    • Waterloo: Picket line outside front entrance on The Cut (opposite Southwark tube) from 7.30am onwards.
    • Camberwell: Picket line outside front entrance (on Southampton Way) from 7.30am onwards.
    There will then be a rally, taking place from 11-12, at Friendly Gardens - a park in between Lewisham Way and Deptford campuses. (Map:,-0.027707,17z/data=!3m1!4b1)

    Any support people can give at either the picket lines or the rally would be gratefully appreciated."

    Strike action is a sacrifice staff lose pay, in the hope that negotiations can progress.
  9. SELPA

    SELPA Lives for South East London

    Maiden Speech by newly elected Lewisham Deptford MP Vicky Foxcroft
    3.44 Lewisham Southwark College mentioned "I want it to thrive"
  10. SELPA

    SELPA Lives for South East London

    UCU members at the college are taking strike action today and tomorrow against compulsory redundancies. Picket lines will be an operation at all four sites in the morning on both days, from 7.30am.
    In addition there will be two events taking place:
    Thursday 18th - 10.45am to 11.15am (Lewisham Way): Rally in conjunction with the Defend Lewisham Southwark College campaign. Wear a black t-shirt and pick up a green armband on the day. Make some noise to save our college! Map:


    Friday 19th - 10.30am: Hands up for Camberwell! All demonstrators and picketers are asked to head to Camberwell campus on Southampton Way, SE5 7EW for a demonstration in support of the campus. Map:
  11. SELPA

    SELPA Lives for South East London

    This campaign, for Lewisham Southwark College is relentlessly battling away, making their case, appealing to the public about the importance and benefits of further education.
    There was a rally on wednesday, last week comedian Josie Long appeared, and a march to the Business, Innovation, Skills department to further plea the case. Course closures, compulsory redundancies these are things they are campaigning to avoid.

    They regularly meet on Friday evenings. You can find out more on twitter:

  12. SELPA

    SELPA Lives for South East London

    SE Londoners- An Invitation!
    Thursday night 9 July, come and listen to 3 live bands and an acoustic set at the Montague Arms, 255 New Cross Road, SE14 (nearest stations New Cross Gate or Queens Road, Peckham) 7.30-12 £5/£3

    Organised by the lovely people who are part of the Lewisham and Southwark College UCU branch and community campaign

    It going to be a good night and the aim is to raise funds to cover the 4 days of strike action taken by UCU members at the college and for the ongoing campaign to resist compulsory redundancies and to stop the closure of the Camberwell site.
  13. SELPA

    SELPA Lives for South East London

    Update: There will be a demonstration and lobby of governors taking place outside the Lewisham Way site of the college (Tressillian Road) this coming Tuesday 14th July. The protest will begin from 5pm - do come along if you can. The Camberwell site under.

    Lewisham College has been, merged, renamed, renamed again and could be demerged in space of 5 years. It's Ofsted rating, has gone up and down like a yo-yo.

  14. SELPA

    SELPA Lives for South East London

    So much going on with this campaign, to save Lewisham Southwark College.
    An occupation took place this morning at the Camberwell, site- this followed a march over the weekend.
    Campaigners are fighting so hard to save services for people who are ESOL learners, who'll be affected For more read here : http://www.peoplesrepublicofsouthwa.../3756-camberwell-campus-occupied#.Vay2DJth-gM

    Tonight: Emergency demo outside the Camberwell Site, SE5 7EW, at 6.30pm following reports intimidation by security staff related to the occupation.
    It will be a loud, but peaceful pots and pans protest at what has been going on here.
  15. SELPA

    SELPA Lives for South East London

    Here's video regarding the occupation of the College
    Occupation is a protest tactic normally seen in Russell Group institutions, for a further education institution in Peckham to do this is significant.
  16. SELPA

    SELPA Lives for South East London

    A year and a half since we last posted here about this campaign. What's happened to the local educational institution, with campuses in Brockley, Deptford, & the borough of Southwark? Well it might well have a campus in Newcastle, yes really.

    Huge changes in Further Education are on the way due to government "Area Reviews"; lots of colleges in London are merging and this will undoubtedly have an impact on students, staff and the community. Area Review for London isn't concluded yet but there is talk of this college (which is already a product of a Lewisham/Southwark merger) being merged with Lambeth or Newcastle.

    Full story here -

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