UNIVERSITY OF EAST LONDON: Staff and students face a �2.9 million cuts package. This comes only a year after the opening of the expensive Docklands campus. The management aims to close the languages department. The Stratford campus creche is threatened with 10 percent cuts.
Students didn't take this lying down, and held an occupation last Friday. Engineering students Jay Manick and Daniel Danquah told Socialist Worker, "Our department was moved to Docklands campus from Barking last year-now they want to move it back. We will lose our labs for six months, and this is at a cost of �225,000."
LUTON UNIVERSITY: Students were due to start balloting on Wednesday of this week over whether to go into occupation to stop education cuts in the college. Management wants to close the humanities and technology and science departments, axe nearly 100 lecturers' jobs, and exclude over 3,000 students for non-payment of fees and a further 542 students for not paying rent. A majority of students at a 100-strong meeting last week voted for an occupation.
But the student executive vehemently opposed the occupation call It has organised the current ballot to try to control the students' anger. Activists are campaigning for a yes vote.