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NUS has called a national demonstration for the autumn term on Wednesday, November 21

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Essex Education Activist Network: coordinating resistance to the marketisation of Higher Education at the University of Essex. A section of the Education Activist Network.
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  1. Tommy says:

    Although, as the Education Officer for Reading University Students’ Union at the time, I supported the 2010 Demonstration against cuts and fees I find it difficult to find a reason to support #Demo2012. The purposes, as yet, are unclear and the reasons for calling students out on the march haven’t been justified. That said, I will be there on 21st November marching in solidarity with this generation of students and the cause.. whatever it turns out to be.

  2. I’m the current President of University of Essex Students’ Union, and have been for two years the Campaigns Officer. I argued consistently that the NUS should hold another demonstration – the attacks on our Universities are just too great for the NUS to sit back. Since 2010, millions of trade unionists, many in education have gone on strike, inspired by what we did in Nov-Dec. Opposition to the government is growing and the most powerful way to express that is on the streets. Whole Universities face closure and thousands of students now see the door to HE or FE closed to them – we seek a reversal of government policy on HE and should open the debate about how lecturers, staff and students think Universities should be run – not in the interest of profit, but of learning, slef improvement and critique.

  3. I am pleased however to see you will be there on #DEMO2012 regardless of your reservations.

    • Tommy says:

      I don’t disagree with what you said; I guess from what is now an outside perspective it’s difficult to be as in touch with all of the relevant issues but they don’t change year on year. I just feel the march seems somewhat directionless at present and less impactful for students who may otherwise be keen to march as RUSU was.

      But yes, definitely, I will be there.

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