Rallies, protests, stalls, banner drops and peaceful direct action swept more twenty five campuses as George Osborne delivered his Autumn Statement to the House of Commons where more austerity measures were announced. The day of action was called to continue to momentum unleashed by the 10,000 national demo for free education we organized two weeks ago.
What happened: photos and reports from the day
Students at Bath University protested at the gates of their campus, with a massive ‘free education – no cuts – no fees’ banner.
“In the UK today we are forced to endure a system in which you are either put off higher education by the prospect of paying £9,000 fees a year, or accept the burden of an amount of debt that you will likely never be able to pay off. We think that this is totally unacceptable and morally abhorrent, and ague that education is a universal human right that should not merely be reserved for the wealthy elite, or for those willing to sell themselves to the banks.”
It has recently been announced that the occupiers have ended their occupation in victory, with some of their free education demands met:
"Regarding progress on our demand for free education, we have been notified that the Vice-Chancellor Keith Burnett, university management, and our Students’ Union officers are now looking into plans to support our call to lobby the government for the abolition of tuition fees. Regarding the university paying its staff at least a living wage, we have been notified that the Unicus board will be holding a meeting this Monday with the SU Development Officer where its implementation will be discussed."
Proving once again that campaigning works!
“News flash: negotiations have been a success - the university management have agreed to a long term dialogue with the student union and other student representatives including from our group, in order to reconsider rent and fee hikes. This will be documented by student media, so as to be transparent. Also, there will be no charges brought against the occupiers by the university.”
Meanwhile at University College London a students spelt out ‘no fees’ in a human chain on the floor.
“We set up our #freeeducation stall outside the Student's Union, and our campaign got off to a great start! Gathered almost 400 signatures for #FreeEducation today! Thank you everyone!”
Oxford Brookes student activists went around campus doing a photo petition for free education.