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Students return to face savage Tory education cuts

Issue No. 2221

Hundreds of thousands of students returned to universities across Britain this week to be greeted by savage cuts.

Education budgets have already been slashed, leading colleges and universities managements to try and cut staff and close courses.

Now the Tories’ “spending review” is set to make things worse. The Tories want up to slash up to 40 percent from the adult skills budget and cut up to 25 percent from 16 to 18 provision.

Tory ministers may cut university teaching grants by up to two-thirds and scrap funding for arts and humanities degrees altogether.

It will put an estimated 80,000 jobs at risk and slash 800,000 places.

To make up for the shortfall in funds, universities may be allowed to raise tuition fees to £10,000 a year.

Students and lecturers at a number of colleges and universities have protested, occupied and struck to defend education this year.

We will need more hard‑hitting strikes, alongside a national and local student campaign, to stop the cuts.

The NUS and UCU unions have called a TUC‑backed national protest against education cuts on 10 November in London.

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Tue 28 Sep 2010, 18:03 BST
Issue No. 2221
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