The Student Assembly Against Austerity will be mobilizing in colleges across the country to support the #FEunplugged campaign.
NUS Vice President Further Education Shakira Martin explains why this campaign is so vital:
“Further education is on life support. Slowly but surely, it has had the life squeezed out of it across all four nations. Vital organs failing bit by bit, core support amputated. We’ve seen cuts to maintenance support, budgets carved up, slashing of staff numbers and pay, axing of courses, adult student numbers crashing.
“Further Education’s very own Dr Frankenstein, Nick Boles MP, announced in the summer that colleges in England will be rationalised through a process of mergers; basically cutting and sticking colleges together.
“Over the next two years during area reviews, you need to make sure your students are heard loud and clear. You need to fight with your students to get better transport and funding for transport as students are travelling further for longer. You need to fight with your students to make sure that the courses you want to do are still available in your town and in your community. You need to fight with your students to make sure that as colleges merge, resources, bursaries and staff aren’t stretched. And I’m going to fight with you.
“That’s why we’re launching #FEunplugged because the government can’t just pull the plug on further education without a fight.”
During the reviews (which take place over the next two years) we need to make sure students are heard loud and clear.
Big changes will be made and if students aren’t at the heart of these, the face of further education will be fundamentally changed.
NUS’ #FEunplugged campaign is there to support Students’ Unions and students in this fight.
For more information visit the NUS website here.