Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/687/12872

From The Socialist newspaper, 28 September 2011

Fight fees and cuts - join Socialist Students!

Lincoln

Lincoln University Socialist Students gained hundreds of signatures on the 'No to 9k' petition during freshers week, with lots of people interested in joining the society.

Freshers told us that they would not come to university if they had to pay 9,000 a year. Many had cancelled planned gap year activities or turned down work to avoid the tripled fees.

Lincoln University was underprepared for the high intake of students, and ran out of existing accommodation. However, rather than find decent places for the 200 or so students without a place, they have rented poor quality "box" cabins.

These shack-like buildings have two people squeezed into each, with barely any room for personal belongings. Each cabin has a shower, but no cooking facilities, and it is likely that they are not built to withstand winter weather. Students have to pay 30 a week, yet if they find a decent place to live still have to pay rent for the "sheds" until the contract runs out in November.

Socialist Students is campaigning for good quality accommodation to be found for these students and the university to refund the "box" rents.

Socialist Students had a brilliant year last year, organising large demonstrations and leading an occupation. We are confident that this year we can build on this.

Alex Moore

Queen Mary's

Socialist Students got an excellent response at Queen Mary, University of London. Many people were just coming up to the stall asking to join, saying they wanted to get involved in a socialist society and campaigns.

A record 114 people joined during the freshers fair, and three more on the first stall which had new members helping out. Even more asked to join the email list.

Our main campaign is to stop the cuts at Queen Mary, where management is trying to cut over 50 staff, including almost one in four library staff, while they are planning to triple fees for next year's intake. In contrast to last year, hardly anybody was prepared to support cuts, and our petition against cuts at QM and for free education went down a storm.

Naomi Byron

Sheffield

At both the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University campuses, Socialist Students met a wide range of students keen to discuss the socialist alternative to the destruction of education being perpetrated by the Con-Dem coalition.

Freshers told us of their disbelief that new students could pay as much as 9,000 a year from next September. Many said that they were sure that it would prevent working class youth from attending university.

Throughout the week we sold 94 copies of the Socialist and 73 copies of the Megaphone magazine.

The first University of Sheffield meeting of the year was attended by 30 students, including 20 freshers. 27 students at Sheffield Hallam University also expressed interest in attending Socialist Students meetings.

Socialist Students are in the process of planning for the Sheffield leg of the Jarrow March for Jobs, on Wednesday 12 October. This is when the latest employment figures will be released, when youth unemployment could go over one million people.

Sam Morecroft

Portsmouth

"We've been out on the demos and seen your paper, we were anarchists but have started reading about socialism on the internet. We definitely want to join."

Jesse and Sinead were the last two students we signed up after a very successful couple of days campaigning.

Many students had been on last year's student protests. Some were mature students facing many difficulties due to the cuts. Others were interested in joining the Jarrow march.

20 copies of the Megaphone and the Socialist were sold.

Ben Norman

Kingston

"Have you read The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists? That's a really good book!"

This was one of the many comments received by people interested in socialist ideas at the Socialist Students stall at Kingston University freshers fair.

Sandwiched between leafleters for free cinema tickets and free pizza we had a lot of interest in our campaign against tuition fees and against cuts in education.

But students also wanted to discuss how we could effectively fight the cuts generally, with a lot of support being expressed for the public sector strike on 30 November.

Over 30 students filled in the forms to either join or find out more about Socialist Students with many of those also showing an interest in local Socialist Party meetings and activities

Chris Newby

Leeds

At Leeds University freshers fair, Socialist Students sold 21 papers and 30 copies of the Megaphone magazine and received around 10 in donations; ten people joined the society within the first week.

A joint Socialist Student and Socialist Party public meeting was held on Tuesday night with an introductory talk on socialism. This was followed by the first Socialist Students meeting of the academic year with a discussion on the recent uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa. Both meetings were well attended, with lively and interesting contributions.

Joe Muller

Greater Manchester

During Manchester freshers fairs many students showed their hatred of the Con-Dem coalition, but also doubted whether New Labour would be any different, leading many to question the three party system we live under.

Those who spoke to us were enthused by the plans for the Jarrow march, and by the policies that Socialist Students put forward, of free education for all and a socialist alternative.

The Megaphone magazine was very popular. Socialist Students societies are now registered in both Manchester and Salford universities.

Katen Verma

Staffordshire

Stoke campus of Staffordshire University held its activities fair on 24 September, where 20 students signed up to be members of Staffs Socialist Students.

We met a number of workers who were going to university after being unable to find a job.

Towards the end of the stall we also had a discussion on how we would carry out some of our demands, such as the nationalisation of the top industries. Many students agreed to come to our meeting on the socialist alternative to capitalism.

Liat Norris

Socialist Students' demands include:

Find out more and read Megaphone at www.socialiststudents.org.uk

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


In The Socialist 28 September 2011:


Building for 30 November strike

Mass strikes can kick out Con-Dems


Jarrow march for jobs

Marching for a future

Join the Jarrow marchers on their 330 mile journey!

Why are you marching?

Why are you supporting the march?

Jarrow march - council puts high price on right to protest


The Socialist's editorials

World economy in meltdown - we won't pay for capitalist crisis

Pro-business Labour offers crumbs and promises cuts


Socialist history

1911 - Bermondsey women's uprising


Socialist Party youth and students

6,000 uni fees? An offer we can refuse!

Fight fees and cuts - join Socialist Students!

Youth demand a future in Tottenham

What I spent my EMA on


Socialist Party news and analysis

As Murdochgate scandal goes on - release Tommy Sheridan!

Scotland: SNP do the Con-Dems' dirty work

Dale Farm - call off the evictions of residents

Metal thefts - The hidden crime of capitalism

Socialism 2011: A weekend of discussion and debate

News in brief


International socialist news and analysis

As debt crisis deepens... Greek workers and youth in revolt


Socialist Party workplace news

Construction workers strike to defend agreements

Greenwich Unite takes fight to cuts councillors

Workplace news in brief


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

PFI schemes - a national scandal

Salford says: Save Lancaster House!

Stop coastguard cuts!

Stroud demo against private sharks killing the NHS


Socialist Party review

Film review: Tinker tailor soldier spy


Readers' comments

My impressions of the Work Programme

More whacko ideas from Tories

Standing up for our pension rights


 

Home   |   The Socialist 28 September 2011   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate  




Related links:

Socialist Students:

triangleManchester Socialist Students: 200 years of Marxism

triangleFat cat vice chancellors schooled by Brum students

triangleSouthampton: Pay rise for uni boss, job losses for lecturers

triangleBigot Toby Young quits - now scrap the new uni regulator driving privatisation

triangleMobilise against rip-off executive pay

Students:

triangleGCSE grading game stresses out students - even more than before!

triangleFailing academy chain strips school assets - end academisation!

triangleVictory! Trump's UK visit cancelled by fear of protests

triangleSweden: School strike against deportations

Fees:

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

triangleMarch for free education! We demand a future!

triangleSocialist Students actions against uni fees on Budget Day

Cuts:

triangleBradford Socialist Party: A strategy to defeat the cuts

triangleScene set for TUSC conference electoral debate

Manchester:

triangleMajority of kids poor in some areas

Leeds:

triangleLeeds Socialist Party: 100 years since women won the right to vote

Portsmouth:

triangleFreshers week campaigning reports

Sheffield:

triangle8,000 strong petition opposes closure of Sheffield health services

Lincoln:

triangleUprising to save the NHS!

University:

triangleUniversity workers' walkout for decent pensions

Education:

triangleLecturers vote for strikes against pension cuts

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

16/2/18

Haringey

No fudge with the right wing

15/2/18

TUSC

TUSC statement on sentencing of Derby TUSC agent

14/2/18

Haringey

Haringey protests HDV - but Labour fails to kill it off completely

14/2/18

UCU

Uni strike: coordinate public sector fightback

14/2/18

Cardiff

Enjoyable and successful Cardiff Refugee Rights gig

14/2/18

Carlisle

Carlisle debate - socialism or social democracy?

14/2/18

Firefighters

Staines fire services saved

14/2/18

Surrey

Threat of action defeats pay cut at Surrey council

14/2/18

Woolwich

Woolwich Crossrail walkouts to demand promised bonuses

14/2/18

London

Sadiq Khan's bus drivers' London licence doesn't go far enough

14/2/18

Mansfield

Stop press: victory - campaign saves NHS rehab ward

8/2/18

Newham

Teachers strike again as anti-academy pressure mounts

7/2/18

Unison

Unison national women's conference

7/2/18

Royal Mail

Royal Mail forced back under threat of action

7/2/18

Walthamstow

'Occupy to save the town square'

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

LATEST POSTS

CONTACT US

Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777

Email: info@socialistparty.org.uk

Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206

Regional Socialist Party organisers:

Eastern: 0798 202 1969

East Mids: 0773 797 8057

London: 020 8988 8786

North East: 0191 421 6230

North West 07769 611 320

South East: 020 8988 8777

South West: 07759 796 478

Southern: 07833 681910

Wales: 07935 391 947

West Mids: 02476 555 620

Yorkshire: 0114 264 6551

ABOUT US

ARCHIVE

Alphabetical listing


February 2018

January 2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999