Students

Workers' Liberty students - what we do, how to get involved

If you're a student attracted to revolutionary socialist ideas who wants to join or work with a serious, thoughtful, principled, active Marxist organisation - this is for you.

Why a revolutionary workers' organisation organises among students

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Open up the student movement!

The National Union of Students Conference takes place from 25-27 April in Brighton and, once again, we will be in attendance.

It promises to be three days of constant campaigning, debating and flogging Solidarity and other publications. Malia Bouattia is re-standing for President against two right-wing candidates.

The National Union of Students Conference takes place from 25-27 April in Brighton.

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Government starts student loan sell-off

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Mike Zubrowski

The government has begun the sale of the assets of the Student Loans Company. It claims this will save public money without making graduates pay back more, and without changing their terms and conditions. This seems unlikely.

The fear of being saddled with astronomical student debt already puts many working-class people off going to university. Making what many fear seem more likely — that those in debt will later be made to repay more than they initially agreed — can only exacerbate the barriers to education.

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A trip to Israel and Palestine

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Omar Raii, NUS Executive, personal capacity

Last year I visited two countries — Israel and Palestine — about which I had discussed so much and yet seen so little. On a four-day trip organised by the Union of Jewish Students we visited different parts of Israel, including the Golan Heights, and made a short sojourn to Palestine, mainly Ramallah.

Israel has a lot of seemingly incongruous things coexisting: Arabs, Muslims and Christians, religious and secular Jews, LGBT people, hard-right nationalists and liberal vegans.

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Fight the HE Bill!

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Ruairidh Anderson

The National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts, a free education activist network, writes that the HE reforms “are forcing marketisation on the university sector”, which will lead to universities “raising tuition fees, and allowing private providers further access to education provision.”

In brief “(the reforms) constitute a wide-ranging assault on the principles of free, liberated, critical education.” The main mechanism through which this will be achieved is through a Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

Higher Education “reforms” are forcing marketisation on the university sector, which will lead to universities raising tuition fees and allowing private providers further access to education provision.

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Fees must fall … wages must rise

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Dales Forbes

South Africa has seen some of its largest protests in two decades in the last month as tens of thousands of students, many activists affiliated with the "Fees Must Fall" movement, faced off with police and university authorities to demand a cheaper university system.

Battles have been raging at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, where officials used tear gas to subdue protestors, at the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein and the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban and at the University of Cape Town.

South Africa has seen some of its largest protests in two decades in the last month as tens of thousands of students, many activists affiliated with the "Fees Must Fall" movement, faced off with police and university authorities to demand a cheaper university system.

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NUS boycott National Student Survey, but is it “risky”?

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Omar Raii, National Union of Students National Executive, personal capacity

Earlier in October NUS announced long-awaited plans for a boycott of the National Student Survey, a government-sponsored questionnaire taken by final-year undergraduates where they are asked to rate their university on various criteria.

The boycott is a tactic to fight the government’s current Higher Education reforms. These reforms have been criticised by groups such as the National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts for not only proposing continually higher tuition fees, but also plans to relax rules on private providers, in an attempt to force competition in higher education.

NUS has announced long-awaited plans for a boycott of the National Student Survey, a government-sponsored questionnaire taken by final-year undergraduates where they are asked to rate their university on various criteria.

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£250 rises

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Ruairidh Anderson

The government’s higher education reforms include plans to raise university tuition fees. And Durham, Royal Holloway, Goldsmiths and Kent have all announced a £250 increase for next year. This, although the government’s tool for doing this — a Teaching Excellence Framework — has yet to even come into operation.

The government’s higher education reforms include plans to raise university tuition fees.

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Still mobilised against “Labour Law”

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Marianne Davin

Hello! I have recently moved to Paris, and every month I will be writing a “Letter from Paris” to keep Solidarity readers up to date about France and its far left. Hopefully this will be an interesting year in which the far left can have serious conversations about our political ideas in light of the passing of the Labour Law with essentially no vote, the upcoming presidential election, and the continuing “state of emergency”.

In February, a large scale mobilisation against the proposed Loi Travail (Labour Law) began in France where students and workers mobilised in the streets, workplaces, and universities.

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Graduates back home and in debt

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Colin Foster

47% of 2015 graduates were, by February-March 2016, back living with their parents. A survey by the National Union of Students of the first generation of students to pay £9,000 fees showed that only 52% were in full-time jobs. Of those who had jobs, full or part time, only 58% were on permanent contracts. 3% were working as unpaid interns or volunteers.

A survey by the National Union of Students of the first generation of students to pay £9,000 fees showed that only 52% were in full-time jobs.

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