Students and lecturers across the country are preparing to march on parliament next week against cuts in higher education.
The government has laid out plans that look set to slash around £2.5 billion from the higher education budget.
In some colleges whole subjects and departments could collapse.
Elsewhere, funding will be shaved across the board, cutting everything from library hours to support services. Student places will be slashed and the choice of subjects limited.
But students and lecturers are refusing to take these attacks lying down.
On Tuesday 26 January they will take their message of “No ifs, no buts, no education cuts” to MPs.
Students will gather outside King’s College to march to Parliament. King’s is a significant starting point, as management is planning 10 percent cuts throughout the university.
Both staff and students have organised an impressive anti-cuts campaign which has seen demonstrations, mass meetings and walk outs.
Students from across London will join the demonstration. And a feeder march will arrive at King’s from UCL.
Protesters won’t just come from London. Hannah from Portsmouth University told Socialist Worker, “We want people to join together against cuts and say ‘We’re not going to stand for this’.
“The student union has agreed to pay for some of the transport to London.”
James Eaden, a lecturer in Chesterfield who is on the UCU union’s national executive, says, “We are calling for as many people as possible to come to the lobby on 26 January.
“A big turnout can give confidence to those lecturers who are already fighting cuts and be the springboard for a nationally coordinated campaign to defend education.”
“Cuts are already affecting students and staff,” says Chas Singh, a student at Sussex university. “Management is using the recession to cut courses and staff. And the crisis has led students to question capitalism.
“It’s vital to work with the unions on campus. The cuts campaigns are really bringing students and workers together.”
Assemble 1pm, 26 January, King’s College, Strand Campus, WC2R 2LS
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