Higher Education Bill third reading date revealed

Thursday 17-11-2016 - 12:21

Today it has been confirmed that the final stage of the Higher Education and Research Bill in the House of Commons will take place on Monday 21 November before it moves to the House of Lords. 

Earlier this week, the government announced several key amendments to its HE Bill following incredible campaigning from students’ unions.

While we welcome these campaign successes - which include progress on student representation, support for postgraduate research training, stronger protection for students and more commitments on fair access – we retain serious concerns about the wider impact of the government’s Bill and reforms on students

Today, the House of Commons has confirmed the date of this will be next Monday (21 November).

With this debate just a matter of days  away, it’s vital that students’ unions continue to campaign against  

Write to your MP

Use our online template letter writing tool to email your MP today and ensure that the students your SU represents are heard in Monday’s debate. We've prepared a briefing for MPs which you can also pass on to your local MP. 

Come to the demo on #Nov19

The date of the third reading falling immediately after NUS and UCUs ‘United for Education national demonstration presents a huge opportunity to challenge the HE Bill's damaging reforms.

We are encouraging students and students’ unions to attend the demo on #Nov19 and raise the profile of our campaign asks en masse ahead of the debate in parliament.

Tweet your MP

If you’re unable to attend the demo and prefer using social media, we urge you to take to Twitter and contact your MP.

You can find your local MPs twitter handle using the Tweet Your MP or MPs on Twitter websites, and we’ve put together some sample tweets for you to use below.

  • @[handle] students don't think quality grows on fees. Please vote against the #HEBill and say #TEFOFF in parliament on Monday!
  • @[handle] we've been saying #TEFOff for months. Please make our voices heard during Monday's #HEBill debate and stop linking fees to TEF
  • @[handle] students think #QualityDoesntGrowOnFees. Please make sure the govt doesn’t link fees to TEF in Monday's #HEBill debate
  • @[handle] education is a public good. Please oppose making it easier for private providers to profit from students #HEBill


For more information on our campaigning activity against the HE Bill, please visit the Quality Doesn’t Grow on Fees website.



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