Before the May 2010 General Elections, students campaigned hard to stop an increase in tuition fees. 52,000 of us marched together and students’ unions won a promise form the majority of elected MPs not to increase tuition fees.
You won incredibly important concessions because of your campaigning. But because of mistakes of past Governments, the betrayal of students by MPs in the current Parliament and the election of a coalition Government wedded to selling education as a commodity, we as a movement face considerable challenges.
• Changes to the way in which HE is financed in England, and the knock-on consequences to the way in which HE provision is delivered right across the UK, will affect those from the poorest backgrounds.
• The Governments White Paper, Putting Students at the Heart of the System, is set on introducing a market into Higher Education and treating students a ‘consumers.’
• Student support is broken, it doesn’t deliver for students, especially those who need the most support and we need a clear solution to champion and advocate for.
• Students arriving on campus every autumn are faced with additional hidden costs for trips, resources and materials that are essential to their course but no-one told them about.
In these pages you will find resources, news and events to help you campaign to reverse the market in education and deliver more money in students’ pockets, both in the short term and in the run up to the 2015 General Elections.
If you think there things missing, you have resources to share or want information about #demo2012 then get in touch with Liam Burns, National President or the campaigns team.
Fri 10 May 2013
This is the fourteenth in our series of briefings on the findings of the Pound in Your Pocket research. This one looks at the financial wellbeing of Black students.
Fri 19 Apr 2013
This is the thirteenth in our series of briefings on the findings of the Pound in Your Pocket research. This one looks at the financial wellbeing of lesbian, gay and bisexual students.
Fri 05 Apr 2013
Evaluation of #demo2012; Educate, Employ, Empower
Mon 25 Mar 2013
This is the eleventh in our series of briefings on the findings of the Pound in Your Pocket research. This one looks at hidden costs, information, advice and guidance, and financial wellbeing.
Mon 25 Mar 2013
This is the twelfth in our series of briefings on the findings of the Pound in Your Pocket research. This one looks at the issue of discretionary funding, such as the Access to Learning Fund (ALF), and financial wellbeing.