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Resisting a swathe of education cuts in Liverpool

Issue No. 2144

Two of Liverpool’s three universities – the University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moore – are facing attacks.

Eight departments at Liverpool university face closure, including the departments of philosophy, politics and statistics.

But staff and students are fighting back. Over 100 lecturers have attended UCU lecturers’ union meetings against the cuts. The students’ union is part of the campaign.

Around 700 people lobbied the senate, the university decision-making body, two weeks ago. A third of the senate voted to reject management’s plans.

John Moore is facing 34 course closures, which means 1,000 less places for students. A demonstration against the plans was set to take place on Wednesday of this week.

Workers and students at the two universities are setting up a joint campaign.

Mark O’Brien, a lecturer at the University of Liverpool, told Socialist Worker, “Our campaign is having a great resonance in the city.

“We’ve had loads of coverage in local papers and people are really angry. We need a city-wide demo to put pressure on management.

“The vice-chancellor wants the University of Liverpool to become a high flying institution. But teachers and students just want an equal and fair education system.”

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