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Demonstration called to kick the market out of education

by Sadie Robinson
Issue No. 2515

A student demonstration last year

A student demonstration last year (Pic: Guy Smallman)

A national demonstration to defend education will take place in central London on Saturday 19 November.

The UCU and NUS unions confirmed the date of the protest last week.

The march, United for Education, will demand free, accessible and quality further and higher education and an end to marketisation.

It comes after MPs voted in support of the Higher Education and Research Bill last month. The bill will increase university tuition fees and open up education to for-profit providers.

There will be coordinated protests to defend education across the world on the day, including in France, Canada and South Africa.

UCU general secretary Sally Hunt said government attacks risked “narrowing choices for students”.

NUS president Malia Bouattia denounced the government’s “deeply risky ideologically-led market experiment in further and higher education”.

She added, “We cannot put up with this. Students are clear that enough is enough, and will be marching for a positive alternative, United for Education.”

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