Agenda: Winter Conference 2017

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Check out the agenda for our Winter Conference! It’ll be 9-10 December in Liverpool – for more info and to register, see here.

Friday 8 Dec

14:00-18:00 – NSS Boycott open meeting (a separate event from the conference – info here)

19:00 – Social


Saturday 9 Dec

10:00-10:30 – Registration

10:30-11:30 – Plenary – “After the demo: What next in the fight for free education?”

11:30-12:15 – Liberation caucus: Black

12:15-13:00 – Lunch

13:00-14:00 – Workshop slot 1

  • Fighting cuts, casualisation and outsourcing
  • The battle against borders
  • What’s up with HE policy?

14:00-14:45 – Liberation caucus: Disabled

14:45-15:00 – Access break

15:00-16:00 – Workshop slot 2

  • Local free education organising
  • The fight against fascism
  • What does a democratic SU look like?

16:00-16:45 – Liberation caucus: LGBT+

16:45-17:00 – Access break

17:00-18:00 – Workshop slot 3

  • The student movement and trans liberation
  • Making use of student media
  • Mental health campaigns

18:00-19:30 – Plenary – “Where we’ve come from: the history of NCAFC and the student movement”

19:30 – Close, dinner and social


Sunday 10 Dec

09:30-10:00 – Conference breakfast!

10:00-11:00 – Plenary – “Is free speech under threat on campus?”

11:00-11:45 – Liberation caucus: Women and Non-Binary

11:45-12:05 – Section caucus: International students

12:05-12:50 – Lunch

12:50-14:20 – Motions debate

14:20-14:25 – Access break

14:25-15:55 – Motions debate

15:55-16:00 – Access break

16:00 -16:20 – Region meetings

16:20-16:40 – Section caucuses

  • Further Education & schools
  • Postgrads & education workers

16:40-17:20 – National Committee Hustings

17:20-17:30 – Closing plenary

Take action on every campus on 29 Nov: Free Education Now, Tax the Rich!

warwick students occupy - historyWe need to take this fight back to our campuses after the demo. As well as holding our Winter Conference 9-10 December, we’re calling a national day of action on campuses around the country on Nov 29th, with the same demands: scrap all fees, living grants for all, stop the campus cuts.

This is an opportunity for you to link up with the students and workers who could not make it to the demo itself, and to engage those who saw the demo and now want to get involved. Whether it is a protest on campus, direct action, or a follow up meeting on or around this date, make sure to take lots of pictures and use #FreeEdNOW to link this action up with the dozens of other campuses also mobilising. Free education is within our grasp: let’s get back to our campuses, keep up pressure across the UK, and win.

Help chart the next steps in the fight for free education at NCAFC Winter Conference 9-10 Dec

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On the weekend 9-10 December NCAFC will host its 2018 Winter Conference in Liverpool!

Happening just three weeks after the national demonstration, this is the perfect opportunity for reflection and strategising for the new year.

As always, access to the conference, food and accommodation is free. However, if you are struggling with transport costs, you can use our access fund. Please email [email protected] with your requirements and the finance committee will try to cover as much of your fees as possible.

The conference will officially start on the morning of Saturday 9th December, however there will be an informal social on the Friday evening for early arrivers. Please try to book your transport as soon as possible.

You can find the agenda with all the topics we’ll be discussing here. As well as workshops and discussions, we’ll be debating and voting on motions from our members to decide what NCAFC should do in the coming months. Motions can be proposed by affiliated local and political groups, or by any group of at least 7 individual NCAFC members, and must be submitted to [email protected] by 18:00 Thursday 30 November. Motion submission has now closed – you can read the submitted motions here, and any member of NCAFC may submit amendments to these before 18:00 Monday 4 December. Please see here for a guide to how motions and our conference democracy work.

Register your place for free below (you can also find the form via this link) and click going and invite your friends to the facebook event.


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NCAFC Summer Training 2017: REGISTER NOW!

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After the surprising Labour success in the General Election, on the most left wing platform in a generation, we are closer than ever to winning free education. Labour won seats on a manifesto that promised to scrap tuition fees, build social housing, and create a free National Education Service. The Tory leadership is increasingly becoming increasingly weak (and wobbly), and it is looking likely that we will kick out the politicians who brought in £9Kfees 7 years ago.

But even with though the left has made gains on a national level, the fight is far from over. The HE Reforms are in full swing. In June, the Teaching Excellence Framework rankings were released and already sweeping cuts are hitting our campuses. Moreover, even with the prospect of abolishing fees and restoring the Educational Maintenance Allowance in sight, is that enough? Free Education has developed beyond fees and EMA to mean public education which is free, yes, but accessible, liberated and democratic too.

The only way to stop the government’s reforms and win free, accessible, liberated and democratic education is to form a militant grassroots movement!

Join NCAFC 9-10 September for our Summer Training 2017, hosted in Sheffield! Followed by our National Committee meeting on Monday 11th which is open to all members (although only NC members can vote).

Whether you’re a student officer wondering how to challenge management or an activist wondering how to fight cuts on your campus this *FREE* training will equip you with knowledge and practical advice which will be fundamental in an undoubtedly pivotal year for UK education. Not only this, but it will be an excellent opportunity to meet other student union officers and activists from across the country and build essential networks.

JOIN THE FACEBOOK EVENT HERE!

REGISTER YOUR FREE PLACE HERE!

Agenda for Summer Training 2016

13432338_1121513227908589_8940385680719613273_nNCAFC’s Summer Training for activists will be on 27-28 August at SUARTS, Holborn, London. We’ve planned a mixture of practical skill-sharing sessions (motion writing, public speaking, press), workshops and plenaries about the challenges facing our movement and how we should respond: from reforms taking place in Higher and Further Education, to the aftermath of the EU Referendum, and more. We’ll also be talking about organising on campus and giving you the tools to run effective campaigns. If you’re interested in making the NSS sabotage happen, working with campus trade unions, improving your Labour club, or want key advice on being a good leftwing union officer – this is the place to be. Whether you’re an experienced activist or just beginning to get involved, we’re sure you’ll have a chance to learn something new, and meet other inspiring activists and officers from around the country. Please register online here to attend (free) Attend the Facebook event and invite your friends!

Agenda

Social – Friday 26 August

  • 18:00 – Film & discussion: “If A Tree Falls”

Day 1 – Saturday 27 August

  • 10:15 – Registration
  • 11:00 – Plenary 1: How should the student movement respond to Brexit?
  • 12:00 – Break
  • 12:15 – Workshop slot 1:
    1. How to be a good lefty sabb
    2. Practical migrant solidarity
    3. Campus organising 101
  • 13:30 – Liberation caucus (LGBTQ)
  • 14:00 – Lunch
  • 14:30 – Plenary 2: The fight to save FE
  • 15:30 – Liberation caucus (Women & Non-binary)
  • 16:00 – Break
  • 16:15 – Workshop slot 2:
    1. Student-staff solidarity on campus
    2. FE and HE – linking up!
    3. What would a radical, democratic SU movement look like?
  • 17:30 – Break
  • 17:45 – Liberation caucus (Trans)
  • 18:15 – Plenary 3: Tackling the HE reforms
  • 19:15 – Close & social

Day 2 – Sunday 28 August

  • 10:00 – Breakfast
  • 10:30 – Plenary 4: Building the NSS sabotage on your campus!
  • 11:30 – Liberation caucus (Disabled)
  • 12:00 – Break
  • 12:15 – Workshop slot 3:
    1. Practical skills
    2. Dealing with burnout: welfare in activism
    3. Organising in Labour clubs
  • 13:30 – Lunch
  • 14:00 – Workshop slot 4:
    1. Prevent and beyond
    2. Public speaking
    3. What should lefty students do when they graduate?
  • 15:15 – Liberation caucus (Black)
  • 15:45 – Break
  • 16:00 – Plenary 5: Being part of a global movement
  • 17:00 – Close

Register: NCAFC Women & Non-Binary Conference 2016

NCAFC Women and Non-Binary Caucus will be hosting our first conference on the 30/31st January!

Join at us at Warwick University in Coventry for a weekend of discussion, debate, skill-sharing, workshops and direct action planning.

We’ll be discussing issues such as…

How is the fight for free education gendered?
What does it mean to be left-wing and feminist?
Why should fighting the Green Paper be a priority for Liberation?
Why is the struggle of migrant women so central to women’s struggle as a whole?

This conference is open only to self-defining women (trans, intersex and cis), non-binary folk and those with marginalised or no gender identities who experience gender oppression.

Fill out the form below to register now!

The event is funded by your donations and if you cannot get your SU to fund your travel and are unable to do so yourself but still wish to attend then please get in touch ([email protected]) and we can talk about subsidies.

If you require childcare for any part of the weekend then please get in touch and we can arrange this.

There are prayer facilities on campus.

Full agenda coming soon

If the registration form is not displaying properly below, please click here.

Announcing…NCAFC Winter Conference 2015!

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Six months into the new Tory government and the attacks on students and education just keep coming, with the abolition of maintenance grants, hikes in loan repayments, and a whole array of nasty methods of pushing forward the marketisation of our education system.

The student fightback has already begun, with NCAFC organising the National Demo for Free Education in November and making plans for a national student strike in the next few months.

NCAFC National Conference is a chance to come together and plan where the student movement goes next. The weekend will include political discussion and debate, chances to learn about the student movement past and present, and make plans for the future.

With a mix of speaker sessions, workshops, liberation caucuses, and democratic sessions, the conference is your chance to meet student activists from across the country and have your say on what NCAFC does next.

This conference will include the election of the National Committee (NC) as well as hearing and voting on motions submitted by the membership. The deadline for motion submission is 23:59, Friday 20 November. (For more information on how motions work, see How our conference democracy works)

We will be providing accommodation. Please register online, and get in touch if you have any questions via [email protected].

#FUCKTHETORIES LIVEBLOG

18:54 – Protesters in Liverpool are blocking the road!

18:50 – In all the kerfuffle, forgot to mention that UKIP’s ONLY MP, Douglas Carswell got caught up in the march and had to be escorted away by police. Lol.

18:35 – After being split into two groups and herded around the City for a bit by the cops, both groups seem to have reformed in Parliament Square. There seems to be an overlap of the student demo and the People’s Assembly demo at Downing Street.

18:16 –

18:12 – While the London demo continues in full swing through Victoria station, protests in other cities are kicking off too.

18:01 – Chants of “Who killed Mark Duggan? You killed Mark Duggan” at the police down Victoria Street now. Sirens blaring, flares being thrown.

17:40 – The police just unsuccessfully attempted a kettle, protesters back marching down Whitehall past Downing Street. The conch shell is still going.

17:32 – The livestream showing cops being really violent toward one man. One policeman just pushed a woman trying to leave a kettle so hard and hit two other people in the face in the process.

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17:28 – Aaaaand we’re off! Aaaand someone is blowing through a conch shell. Absolutely massive turnout.

17:23 –

17:20 – Speeches have started. We’ve also found a livestream here which is kind of worth watching. We can sort of hear the speeches but we’re not sure who is actually making them. But the crowd seem to be enjoying them?

16:40 – Reports of a second arrest at Trafalgar Square, reportedly in connection with the Class War demo which happened earlier today.

16:37

16:27 – One arrest has been made already. Updates to follow.

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Photos via Jonathan Bigger on facebook.

16:16 – Looks like the PoPo are sweeping up protesters before the march has even started to “prevent potential breach of the peace” #ClassicPoPo. Apparently they’ve been following Class War around all day. Get in touch if you can do arrestee support.

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15:52 – Here’s a handy guide as to what the #QueensSpeech actually said, in case, like us, you couldn’t bear to hear an unelected lizard in a crown tell us how our lives are going to be ruined for the next five years.

15:01 – Protests due to start in 2 hours in London, Liverpool, Leeds and Coventry. Cops already deployed in London with vague news that 2 people have been detained from protests earlier today. If you are marching, stay safe and remember to look after each other. Write down the number of the Green and Black Cross on your arm (07946 541 511) to ring in case of your arrest, and read their advice for protesters here.

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Here’s an article from The Mirror with a bit more info about the two arrestees. They were apparently released at about 2PM. We also get a cheeky mention in here, but with a new acronym (NCFC). Cheers.

13:00 – Today thousands of people will be marching across London to protest the official opening of Parliament, where the Tories will form a government.

The new Government is going to try to: smash the welfare state by £12bn, privatise the NHS, raise tuition fees, decimate local services, make strike action illegal, scapegoat migrants, worsen the housing crisis and to crush all dissent that stands in their way.

The wave of resistance starts now.

Follow this live-blog throughout the day for updates on the demo in London, and if you’re there remember to tweet things to us @NCAFC_UK or using the hashtag #FuckTheTories. Happy demoing!

NCAFC National Conference will be on 13-14 December – save the date!

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This autumn we may well see a major wave of action from students for free education, against fees cuts and debt. We need action now to save education – demos, walkouts, occupations and more.

But action can’t happen in isolation. It needs to be co-ordinated nationally and it needs to be democratically agreed. That is why NCAFC exists.

NCAFC’s National Conference is where we students from all over the country come together to discuss the progress of the struggles for free, just and democratic education, and to democratically plan action in the months to come. We also elect a National Committee to coordinate things for the coming year. There will be workshops, discussions, debates and votes as well as caucus meetings of our liberation campaigns.

The date has been set for the weekend of 13-14 December, so put it in your diaries! Attendance, as ever, will be free of charge. More details will be released as the venue is confirmed and other arrangements are made.

In order to attend NCAFC conference, you will need to be a member. Joining costs just £1, and can be done online or by post.

Updates from #copsoffcampus National Day of Action

Want to continue the fight for democracy, workers rights, free education and against police repression? Join activists from local campaigns across the country at this demo and conference in Birmingham on 29/1/2014.

  •  Breaking News: Aberdeen and Manchester Universities are in occupation – solidarity!
  • Protests in Leeds, London, Aberdeen, Sheffield, Manchester, Nottingham, Derby, Leicester…

Leeds University Protest

Who killed Mark Duggan?

Stay safe everyone:

Paul Mason (Channel 4 News) reporting from Malet Street, London today “This is the new face of student protest…This is not the generation of three years ago, this is freshers from Oxford, Birmingham, Sussex”

Leeds Student Resistance #copsoffcampus demo:
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Photos from Sheffield protest today here.

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Quote from Manchester Anticapitalist students:

“a group of supporters stormed into the Social Responsibility office to occupy and make the point that any University which cuts courses, invites the police to attack their students, and refuses to support staff demands for decent pay, cannot honestly call itself socially responsible.”

Students and protesters assembling outside ULU.

Demos and solidarity protests in London, Manchester, Nottingham, Derby, Cardiff and Sheffield due to start in five minutes (2PM).

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