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Anger over Strathclyde cutbacks

Issue No. 2151

Students and staff at Strathclyde University in Glasgow are standing together against the new principal’s plans to sell off parts of the university and sack workers.

Fiona McPhail, a student at Strathclyde University, told Socialist Worker, “The student union executive recently came into possession of leaked information about the principal’s scheme.

“This proposes to sell off 40 percent of the campus and lose 140 jobs. The plans would merge the law, social sciences and education departments.

“ Even the student union building could be sold off.

“We had 369 students discussing this at an emergency general meeting on Thursday of last week.

“That is the biggest general meeting that anyone can remember in the university’s history.

Lecturers

“It overwhelmingly passed motions to defend the union, our degrees and our lecturers.

“It also passed motions to support action by lecturers against the cuts and other campaigns against cutbacks across Britain.

“The next day, Friday, around 150 staff and students attended a rally and had an impromptu march around campus.

“Students are very angry about this attack on their education. We came to university to get a degree and we’re not going to accept any changes to that.

“The cuts would have a huge impact at Strathclyde, which is a very working class university with lots of mature students who have children.

“People are already worried about what jobs will be available to them when they leave. This is an attack we won’t accept.”


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