“A critical point for students at Warwick this year in building the Stop the War group was a meeting we held with George Galloway and a really wide platform of other speakers. It was the biggest political meeting held at the university for years.
“It meant that we built links with climate change groups and the Islamic society. This gave us a really strong base to build on and get people involved.
“We followed this up with an afternoon of meetings about Marxism at the college that was attended by over 80 people. It was a really good day with speakers including Alex Callinicos.
“Now we have a really strong activist presence on campus.”
Anna Bogdanova, Warwick university student
“I think that the conference has been really interesting. The fact that there are such a large number of students here reflects the growth of political activity and involvement in universities.
“In Plymouth we have had some great events this year. The Stop the War group in the college has been really good – we brought a delegation of 12 students to the People’s Assembly Against Islamophobia in November.
“I think that in the next few months we can take forward some of the things discussed at SWP conference, such as building to make the Stop the War demonstration on 24 February as big as we can.”
Alison Smith, Plymouth university student
“This was my first party conference since I joined the SWP last year.
“It helped me understand the practicalities and the democracy of how the party works.
“I really liked the fact that there was a strong level of debate and discussion – it was all very fraternal. It was good to hear about what was happening both nationally and internationally.
“I was also glad of the chance to speak with teachers from across Britain.
“The session on Sunday about political trade unionism was especially useful – linking up trade union work with the wider political movements is going to be vital.”
Tom Woodcock, Cambridge teacher