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NUS calls national student demo for Wednesday 21 November

by Jamie Woodcock, NUS national executive (pc)
Issue No. 2310

Students demonstrating against tuition fee rises in 2010 (Pic: Smallman )

Students demonstrating against tuition fee rises in 2010 (Pic: Guy Smallman)

The National Union of Students (NUS) has named Wednesday 21 November as the date for its next national demonstration against tuition fees and education cuts.

Students from around the country will converge on London that day—including the first undergraduates to be hit by the £9,000 a year tuition fees brought in by the coalition government.

It will be the first NUS-backed national student demo since the 10 November 2010 protest that ended with the occupation of Tory headquarters in Millbank.

Students and lecturers will also be joining the TUC anti-austerity demo on 20 October. Many education unions are planning strikes over the autumn period and the 21 November demo will come in the midst of this.

It’s important that student activists start building for both demonstrations now. We should be setting up large and broad organising meetings that involve as many students as possible.

The 21 November demo will come as the government’s higher education cuts start to really kick in. It has the potential to be bigger than the 2010 protest and to reignite the struggle on our campuses.

Cuts hit young people

Since 2010 the coalition’s cuts have made life much harder for students.

Some 20,000 students who left university last summer were still out of work six months later.

An average student graduating in 2012 will leave with student loan debt of £16,141, up 6 percent on last year.

Some 46,413 fewer students in England applied to go to university this September compared to last year.

And 32,000 more 16 to 18 year olds were not in education, employment or training in 2011 than in 2010.

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Thu 28 Jun 2012, 15:02 BST
Issue No. 2310
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