Over 150 people took part in the Students for Revolution conference last weekend, organised by Socialist Worker Student Society (SWSS).
They heard from activists from Egypt, Greece, Spain and the Occupy movement.
Students debated how to build a revolutionary movement on campus.
They heard from lecturer and UCU member Mark Campbell. Mark said, “We are now as a movement getting off our knees and we’re not going back again.
“We need people who fight for the working class and put socialism at the centre of the movement.”
Despina Hantzopoulos, a Greek activist, said, “The level of struggle over the past two years in Greece means that workers taking power is the logical next step.”
Nathan Bolton from the University of Essex occupation said, “Students are being asked to pay more and get less.
“We’re going to have to bring down the government to stop the cuts.”
Students debated the role of the state and the importance of campaigns like Defend the Right to Protest in building solidarity with people arrested for demonstrating.
In the final session, authors Terry Eagleton, Nina Power and Alex Callinicos discussed how the ideas of Karl Marx are still central to understanding the world today.