NCAFC Recommits to 2018 NSS Boycott

Submitted by SJW on 12 December, 2017 - 3:26 Author: Ruaridh Anderson

The National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts (NCAFC) held its winter conference in Liverpool last weekend, which saw a lively debate on whether or not to recommit to the 2018 NSS Boycott. After scrutinising the tactic and its potential effectiveness - particularly in relation to the upcoming UCU marking boycott - the conference voted overwhelmingly to continue the boycott into 2018 as part of building a movement of united students and workers against the marketisation of higher education.

Free education now! Gemma_S Sun, 11/19/2017 - 13:57
Students marching with banners that read "free education - tax the rich"

As many as 7,000 students marched through London on Wednesday 15 November to demand “Free Education now — tax the rich”.

The protest was organised by the National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts and supported by Momentum, RMT, Unite, NUS Scotland and student unions across the country. Workers’ Liberty student activists were centrally involved in organising and leading the demonstration, along with other comrades in NCAFC.

Industrial news in brief

Submitted by Matthew on 18 October, 2017 - 1:13 Author: Patrick Murphy and Ollie Moore

On Wednesday the 11, October Jeremy Hunt told the House of Commons that the 1% pay cap will be lifted for NHS staff. After the government buckled under pressure and lifted the public sector pay cap for police and prison officers, the government had shown it was weak and it was only a matter of time before it was forced into lifting the cap for other workers.

Tories keep student fees high

Submitted by Matthew on 4 October, 2017 - 10:31 Author: Gerry Bates

The Tory government has backed off from its talk of reducing university tuition fees to £7,500, or of trying to enforce a range of fees differing markedly between universities.

The only retreats it will make are to increase the income threshold above which ex-students start repaying from £21,000 a year from £25,000 from April 2018, and to leave the maximum fee from September 2018 at £9,250, rather than raising it to £9,500 as previously planned.

Fees wobble

Submitted by cathy n on 21 September, 2017 - 2:33 Author: Ruaraidh Anderson

On 13 September Labour passed a motion in Parliament protesting at this year’s rise in tuition fees from £9,000 to £9,250 per year.

While the motion was not legally binding, it has been reported in the mainstream press as a dent to the democratic legitimacy of the government’s policy to raise fees in line with inflation.

Why we are marching

Submitted by cathy n on 21 September, 2017 - 2:09 Author: Ruaraidh Anderson
Student demonstration

Higher Education has been devastated by recent reforms. Further Education has been hit even harder.

We’re facing staff cuts, course cuts, rent hikes in halls, a student mental health crisis, institutions catering to the interests of big business at the expense of staff and students.

All of these have their roots in or have been exacerbated by rising fees, debt and marketisation. They all have their solution in a free, accessible and democratic education system. That’s why we’re marching on 15 November.

Cut the rents!

Submitted by cathy n on 21 September, 2017 - 2:06 Author: A Bristol student activist

A consistent trend across universities is the skyrocketing of rent in university halls.

There is no reason why rent should be so high and increasing at the rate it is.

So why is my rent so high? Since 2010 direct funding to universities has been completely cut and now universities are entirely reliant on your £9,000+ fees for funding. Whereas before university funding was always guaranteed, now it is insecure — universities now need to spend copious amounts of money on PR, visit days and brochures, to attract your loans.

University marketisation sparks brutal campus cuts

Submitted by cathy n on 21 September, 2017 - 2:00 Author: Ben Tausz
Demonstrating for free education

Across the country, university bosses are announcing cuts to jobs, courses and departments.
Teesside has forced all of its professors to reapply for their own jobs and banned their trade union from a meeting to discuss it. Durham wants to recruit 4000 more students while cutting staff. The Open University plans to slash a quarter of its budget, meaning swathes of jobs, to pay for a “digital transformation” plan.

Many of these universities are in good financial shape, and the government has not recently cut overall funding. So why are the cuts happening?