THE UNIVERSITY of North London (UNL) likes to present itself as an inclusive and progressive institution. Vice-chancellor Brian Roper has even publicly criticised the introduction of tuition fees and the abolition of the grant. However, actions speak louder than words. Over the last term UNL management have undermined the very organisation best placed to fight for the repeal of tuition fees-the student union.
They have postponed union elections, suspended the union president, frozen union funds, cancelled transport to a national NUS demo against fees and banned the union newspaper.
Over 100 students demonstrated last week, surrounding the vice-chancellor's office and demanding an explanation. More protests are planned. Jeremy Corbyn MP, film-maker Ken Loach, and UNL's NATFHE branch, UNISON branch and other trade unions have expressed concern about the future of the student union.
- TOM WALL
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