We are also planning direct action, and supporting other campaigns, to present a united front! We’re aiming to eventually convince our universities to lobby the government for a sector-wide bailout with this action. To do this – we need your help! Come join us!
Pause or Pay UK is a UK-wide cross-university action group led by students that emerged in April 2020 as a response to the disruption of studio-based learning by the pandemic. We're from 30+ higher education institutions and always looking to welcome new faces and places! We’re working closely alongside other student and staff action groups as well. To date, we have campaigned to MPs, initiated complaints procedures at various institutions, supported tuition fee strikes and planned direct action.
Shifting Sands is a UK-wide research project investigating graduate preparedness for work in the Contemporary Art sector and the challenges they face in their first year post graduation. Shifting Sands is a collaboration between In Session and Pause or Pay UK in partnership with Creative Scotland and East Street Arts.
Shifting Sands: Scotland focuses on the experiences of 2020 graduates from Scotland. The research team leading this project consists of: Quinn Garrison, Co-organiser of In Session and PhD student at the University of Edinburgh, and Ed Compson, Pause or Pay UK Co-founder.
If you are a 2020 Fine Art graduate from Gray's School of Art, Edinburgh College of Art, University of the Highlands and Islands, The Glasgow School of Art, Forth Valley College, City of Glasgow College, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design or if you were due to graduate in 2020 from one of these institutions but prematurely ended your studies then click here to take part:
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We encourage participation in the study from those who are underrepresented in the art world and who face barriers to entry. These could, for example, be associated with race, disability, age, gender identity, sexuality, socio-economic or geographic barriers.
The deadline to apply for participation in the first phase of interviews is 9th March.
Art and Design Schools in the UK need to listen to their student bodies and offer current students flexibility that is accessible for all. Provisions must be made for studio-based learners in order to work towards a mutually beneficial agreement, whereby students receive quality education without jeopardizing the financial stability of HEIs (Higher Education Institutions). In unity, the government needs to play a role in financially aiding the higher education sector to reach an ideal solution for the future of education in the UK.
It is necessary that HEIs:
Fight for the Two-Year Post-Study Work Visa Extensions to be brought forward for graduates.
Support and safeguard international students with regards to visas, financial aid in lieu of work hour restrictions, and No Recourse to Public Funds.
Guarantee a physical degree show for graduates - This includes provisions for 2-3 months of full access to workshops and studios or financial support to access external facilities.
And allow students to either:
Deferral Regulations to not disregard requests made based on impacts of the pandemic - It is a physical impossibility and dangerous to suggest a continuation of artistic activities outside the studio and the safety of a workshop.
Refund previous fees and discount upcoming fees to reflect the loss of teaching, studios, access to facilities, and industry networking opportunities - Which has been ongoing since the start of the pandemic restrictions. This refund should not affect contractual terms, pay rate, or workload of staff.
Pause or Pay UK was established in April, 2020. We are a cross-university, student-led, campaign arising from inadequate provisions for studio-based learners in the UK. Together our solidarity can transcend this crisis and change the future of arts education.
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