Why we fight – find out more about “Defend Education”

Part of the NUS “Come Clean” Week of Action

  • Tuesday, 13 March 2012
  • 18:00 until 19:00
In the: Guild of students Common Room

Universities like much else in our society are changing dramatically. The public education system as we have known it is no longer going to be a system that is accessible to all; cuts are threatening many disciplines and departments. The creeping marketisation threatens the university itself…

This is not for fun – the university and West Midlands police do not like student activism. In the past two years University of Birmingham students in campaigning to defend education have been arrested 21 times, with a total of 36 days behind bars racked up. Only one (for a sit-in at Fortnum & Mason) has led to any conviction and this is currently being appealed in the high court. In total 42 university disciplinary charges have been brought against students, although they all seem to have been routine intimidation as none have led to any punishment being handed out.

This is a vital campaign we are not going anywhere, we won’t be stopping anytime soon.

If you have watched our campaign, if you want to find out more about why are fighting? Then come along.

If you support our campaign but don’t support our tactics then come along let’s talk about what we should do next year.

The meeting will start with short speeches from the floor from:

Kelly Rogers – Guild of Students Women’s officer, talking on equality and the cuts.
A UCU national executive committee member talking about the public education systerm.
Edd Bauer – the Vice President of Education at the Guild talking about what has been going on in Birmingham. Then open debate and contributions from all.

After which we will be in the pub come join us for a few drinks xx

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