The failed free-market experiment in higher education needs to be ended and tuition fees abolished. Education should be a right not a privilege, writes Apsana Begum MP.
"In higher education as with energy and water, we will not tackle the Tories' failed economy by tweaking around the edges... what is needed is wholesale replacement of the failed market model in higher education."
The creeping authoritarianism of the British ruling class goes beyond public protests. UK universities are increasingly attacking protest rights and political activism, writes Fraser McGuire and Alec Severs.
This week, the Socialist Campaign Group of MPs hosted a seminar on "Reclaiming Our Education System" with Daniel Kebede, NEU; Janet Farrar, UCU; the SEA and more.
"University staff deserve fair pay and fair terms. That is all they're asking for... but universities are now deepening a dispute when they should be working to resolve it." - Beth Winter MP
With negotiations ongoing, the UCU has announced a further day of strike action to take place at universities across the country on March 15th.
"The most important thing that students can do is take action at their own university" - an interview with a student occupier taking part in the University of Manchester rent strike and occupation.
Manchester University students begin their occupation in protest against skyrocketing rent and the marketisation of higher education. The occupation coincides with the UCU strike action on February 9th.
"70,000 university staff have turned out like never before, defying bullying tactics from management to show they will no longer accept falling pay, pension cuts, brutal workloads and gig-economy working conditions."