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12 October 2016

South Africa: The battle for free education

University students have resumed their battle from last year against tuition fees hikes and for free education. In doing so, they have taken on South Africa's African National Congress (ANC) political establishment. Workers and Socialist Party (Wasp, CWI South Africa) activists explain what's at stake.

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5 October 2016

Winning a new generation of students

Campaigning in the new term at colleges and universities has generated renewed interest

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28 September 2016

"Suspended adulthood" the norm for young people

A damning study by the Young Women's Trust has found that 18 to 30 year olds are living in a "suspended adulthood" due to a combination of lack of work and low pay.

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28 September 2016

Setting out our stall... reports of campus campaigning

Reports from Socialist Students activities at freshers fairs as universities go back.

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22 September 2016

Why you should become a socialist student!

After years of crippling Tory austerity, students face being worse off than previous generations

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21 September 2016

New Tory attacks on Higher Education - a programme to fight back

Raising tuition fees, creation of for-profit universities, as well as the widely criticised teaching excellence framework, are all part of making higher education part of the marketplace.

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31 August 2016

Pressure, lies and head games: being a school student in Tory Britain

I'm just going to say it... it is hard being a school student, especially under the Tories. There is a lot of pressure on you to be perfect, to have everything figured out.

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27 July 2016

Tories plan further fee hikes for uni students

The Tories want universities that meet their backbreaking 'teaching excellence framework' targets to be allowed to increase the cost of their courses with inflation. Universities including Manchester have already announced their fees will rise to 9,250 in 2017, before parliament has even considered the measure.

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15 June 2016

Them & Us

It's one world for the super-rich, and another one for the rest of us. Student loan sharks; BHS workers face scrapheap; Tesco sells restaurants.

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18 May 2016

University of Facebook

The Tories plan to lift the cap on tuition fees and allow tech firms to establish private universities

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4 May 2016

NUS conference: mood to fight education cuts

A growing mood of anger was reflected at this year's NUS conference in the leadership elections and some of the motions passed.

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6 January 2016

Union action needed to defeat attack on student nurses

The government's 2015 Autumn Statement announced that it intends to end the payment of student bursaries for nursing, midwifery and allied health professional students - as proposed by the Council of Deans of Health - from 1 September 2017. This has been met with anger and alarm.

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Student demo on 4.11.15, photo John Dickens

11 November 2015

Tories open the door to further rises in tuition fees

The government is planning to remove the 9,000 fee cap

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29 October 2015

South African student solidarity demo

The power of protest was clear on 23 October. Angry students gave orders to a senior diplomat and prevented the arrest of a peaceful demonstrator.

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29 October 2015

What are the lessons of the 2010 student movement?

Five years ago, Britain's streets erupted in mass student protests. Now, as thousands are again preparing to march in defence of education, the shadow of 2010 looms large.

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14 October 2015

Under-25s: productive, passionate and underpaid

Tory treasury minister Matt Hancock (right) said under-25s are not "productive" enough to deserve the minimum wage. The government's new 'national living wage' - which is not actually a living wage - is only for workers over 25.

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23 September 2015

Organise the student fightback!

March against the Tories 4 October. Join the national student demo 4 November. Fight for student strikes.

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16 September 2015

Students join campaign for affordable housing!

As students, we've all felt it. That grim punch to the gut that comes with the first of every month. I'm talking about rent.

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9 September 2015

Them & Us

Short dispatches on the different worlds of capitalists and workers. Rebekah Brooks returns to top job as poor people are encouraged to wrongly plead guilty. Refugee crisis, train station loo charges, British Airways pay cut scandal.

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9 September 2015

How students can fight debt and cuts

The Con-Dems trebled tuition fees, tried to privatise student debt and scrapped EMA grants.

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