THE NATIONAL Union of Students (NUS) has called for a national shutdown of higher education next Wednesday to coincide with the AUT lecturers' union strike next week. The shutdown is part of the NUS week of protest against government plans to impose top-up fees of up to £3,000 a year on students.
Tom Whittaker, from the NUS executive, told Socialist Worker, 'It is important that this is a real day of solidarity between students and lecturers. Both are under attack from New Labour and from the vice-chancellors who run Britain's universities. There are events planned around the country. In the morning students will be joining lecturers on the picket lines. There will be lunchtime rallies at most universities. Students at the London School of Economics and Imperial College in London are planning carnivals of protest. Some students are planning to occupy their universities the day before the shutdown.'