Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/677/12319

From The Socialist newspaper, 29 June 2011

Government's white paper on higher education proposes...

Universities on the cheap!

Claire Laker-Mansfield
Socialist Students
University staff strike in Sheffield to save pensions, photo Yorkshire Socialist Party

University staff strike in Sheffield to save pensions, photo Yorkshire Socialist Party   (Click to enlarge)

This week has seen further announcements about the sweeping privatisation set to hit our higher education system unless it is successfully fought.

As the Socialist goes to press, we are awaiting the government's white paper, which will confirm plans to roll out marketisation and privatisation. David Willetts has told universities to 'no longer consider themselves part of the public sector'.

If the government is allowed to pass this bill, the new system will see competition between institutions encouraged, even enforced. Universities will be competing for the 'right to expand', based on attracting the most AAB grades students.

Willingness to charge 6,000 a year for a degree will be rewarded with the ability to increase places, paving the way for a two-tier system. The overall cap on government funded places will however be maintained, making the closure of some institutions almost inevitable.

In addition to this, a huge expansion of private university numbers is planned. 'Any willing provider', will be allowed to run courses and accredit degrees.

The Con-Dems clearly hope to be able to move towards an American style, fully privatised system.

News has already emerged of talks taking place to allow the firm BPP to take over the running of ten state funded universities. The for-profit company wishes to run the supposedly 'back room' functions of these institutions, including the maintenance of the campus, IT support, administration and other essential services.

The likely result of this private takeover became clear with the boasts of the BPP chief executive that he will cut a university's costs by 25%.

This is a pledge to run universities on the cheap, with massive cuts to staff and services inevitably taking place.

All this comes just weeks after it emerged that David Willetts had a direct hand in encouraging the former University of London philosopher AC Grayling to set up his elite, 18,000 a year boutique university (New College of the Humanities) for rich Oxbridge rejects.

The government's 'mantra' is cut what you can and privatise the rest. Students and workers must fight back.

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.


In The Socialist 29 June 2011:


30 June pensions strike

Next step: one-day public sector strike


Socialist Party editorial

Con-Dems' pension attack demands coordinated and determined response


Unison conference

Unison conference Socialist Party meeting spells out action needed

Unison delegates reject leadership proposals


Socialist Party news and analysis

Universities on the cheap!

Trade unionists must fight for LGBT rights

Western governments more concerned about business deals than human rights in China

News in brief


Socialist Party workplace news

'Hard lesson' for tube management as driver wins reinstatement

Shafted By AEI cables

'No redundancies!' say Forest Hill school teachers

Trade union news in brief


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Save heart services for children!

Jobs threat at Derriford hospital

Nuneaton: exterminate the cuts!

Marching against cuts in Haringey


Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition

Who speaks up for workers?


Socialist Party news

Why I left Labour - and joined the socialists

Public money into private firms' hands


International socialist news and analysis

Greece, Spain, Britain... We won't pay for their crisis

Syria: Regime steps up repression... but opposition continues to grow


Socialist Party review

The Pitmen Painters


Socialist Party features

Workers say: Renationalise the railways!

Private railways rip off fares

National Pensioners Convention parliament


Socialist Party events

Socialist Party summer camp - bigger and better than ever!


 

Home   |   The Socialist 29 June 2011   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate  




Related links:

Universities:

triangleUni market 'failure', two-year degrees - end cuts, scrap fees!

triangleDemonstrations by uni students and staff greet Bath vice-chancellor resignation

triangleUniversity of Leeds workers walk out

triangleInterview with leader of students' union in the Spanish state: "When we fight, we win!"

triangleStudent occupation at Chelsea College of Arts

University:

triangleBrighton victory

triangleLiverpool John Moores Uni landslide for Socialist Students

triangleBrighton Uni lecturers strike against job cuts

triangleThem & us

Students:

trianglePlans to launch no-cuts campaign at Kirklees College

triangleSocialist Students national conference

triangleSocialist Students day of action demands free education

Education:

triangleTeachers strike in Sheffield

triangleLively student demonstration for free education could have been much bigger

Socialist Students:

triangleSocialism 2017 Socialist Students meet-up

News and socialist analysis

News and socialist analysis

13/12/17

Labour

Labour 'purge' furore really just democracy

13/12/17

Brexit

Brexit deal no solution to Tory rifts

13/12/17

Housing

Two in five 'right to buy' homes now for let

13/12/17

NHS

Save our NHS

13/12/17

Them & Us

Them & Us

13/12/17

Fees

Uni market 'failure', two-year degrees - end cuts, scrap fees!

13/12/17

Retail

Retail sector crunch: nationalise to save jobs

8/12/17

Government

Local government pay: fight for the 5% claim, fully funded

6/12/17

Labour

Corbyn's Labour can defeat Tories with socialist programme

6/12/17

NHS

Branson sues NHS: kick out the profiteers

6/12/17

Immigration

Royal wedding exposes them-and-us visa system

6/12/17

Banks

RBS to sack 1,000: nationalise the banks

6/12/17

Homelessness

Rough sleeping crisis: make homes, not arrests

6/12/17

Poverty

End Tory war on poor

6/12/17

Rail

Nationalise rail now

triangleMore News and socialist analysis articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party

triangle16 Dec Blairite council 'all ears' to rich property developers

triangle16 Dec Arriva bus drivers' action wins pay rise

triangle14 Dec Stop the rotten redevelopment plan, demand residents

triangle13 Dec Six months on - still no justice for Grenfell

triangle13 Dec Movement growing against fracking giant Ineos

triangle13 Dec Totnes MP uses coffin controversy to distract from brutal NHS cuts

triangle13 Dec Trump's incendiary Jerusalem statement reignites Israeli-Palestinian...

More ...

triangle18 Dec Leeds Socialist Party: Religion and Socialism

triangle19 Dec Bristol North Socialist Party: Christmas social

triangle21 Dec Wakefield Socialist Party: Socialists and the National Question

triangle6 Jan Socialist Party national women's meeting

More ...

Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

Archive

Archives:

December 2017

November 2017

October 2017

September 2017

August 2017

July 2017

June 2017

May 2017

April 2017

March 2017

February 2017

January 2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999

Legal

SP RSS feed RSS

Platform setting: = No platform choice

V2