Today’s actions against Browne proposals (LIVE)

“If this is your first demo, don’t let it be your last”, as one speaker put it at today’s London South Bank demonstration today. The following actions are taking place at the following institutions today (12 October, date of Browne Review announcement). Post being updated throughout the day!

London South Bank University – Demonstration at 12 noon, assembling on Keyworth Street

Leeds University – Demonstration at 6pm, assembling outside Leeds University Union building

SOAS – Rally and Impromptu Speakers Corner during lunchbreak (12-2pm), assembling outside main building

Birmingham University – Rally outside University Library (12-2pm), called by Guild of Students

Birmingham University – Rally outside University Library (12-2pm), called by Guild of Students

Newcastle University – Meeting to discuss the fightback, called the Union Society and backed by Newcastle Free Education Network, 5pm, upstairs in the Global Cafe

Sheffield – Protest at Nick Clegg’s constituency office

Cambridge – The Browne Review Forum, meeting at Cambridge Union (7.30-8.30pm), speakers include NUS President Aaron Porter and CUSU President Rahul Mansigan

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and COMING UP!

Westminster UniversityFight Cuts Rally against the Browne Review, Monday, 18th October (6-8pm), The Old Cinema, Regent Street Campus, speakers include Mark Bergfeld NUS NEC, Robin Law UWSU and Simon Hardy NCAFC/ Fight Cuts Campaign

Leeds students vote no to scabbing on lecturers

Students at Leeds University have voted down a student union referendum on the following:
“Should LUU oppose industrial action on campus that negatively impacts on the education of students?”
– in other words, should it scab on lecturers?

The vote was 891 to 717. A Leeds student activists commented:

“I’m very happy that Leeds students voted to defend their own interests and those of staff, and didn’t violate the principle of unions by opposing another union.
“To LUU, I’d say that any move to oppose strike action would be against the interests and the wishes of your members.”

Support from Leeds and King’s London

The Leeds University Against Cuts campaign and No Cuts at King’s! have both declared that they will be taking part in the Convention.

Read more about the campaigns against cuts at Leeds Uni here:

http://leedsuniversityagainstcuts.wordpress.com/

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?v=wall&ref=search&gid=196024548728

and check out the No Cuts at Kings blog here:

http://nocutsatkings.blogspot.com/

Students and staff unite against cuts at Leeds

“If we come out in force, we will be heard.”

Leeds Uni protest
Fighting cuts at Leeds University
By Conor Whelan
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Fighting Cuts at Leeds Uni

A Leeds uni student reports…

Leeds is facing more cuts than any university in the country. A core of students have a campaign well under way, and have been working closely with staff in the process. Progress is being made, and awareness on campus is growing. However, as we have 31,000 students, we need to get far more many people on board to be a body that will be listened to.

In response to rumours being circulated that staff were “recruiting students”, we organised an independent student protest in front of our student union in early November. This lead to getting 300 signatures on a petition that we handed in to the Vice-Chancellor alongside UCU, who handed in 1000 signatures. This was part of a combined protest of about 300 staff and students outside the University Council meeting to decide on cuts. Sadly they still did not listen, but this has only fuelled the campaign.

Immediately after this, Leeds University Against Cuts was formed. This is a group set up by students but is for everyone against cuts to get involved. We have run stalls outside the Union, got petitions signed, been vocal at Question and Answer sessions, and have emailed members of the University Council and the LUU (Leeds Uni Union) We have made visual demonstrations such as standing outside the student union, gagged, with a sign saying LUU speak for us, marched around campus with banners giving speeches, and organised protests. We have featured on student radio, TV and in the student newspaper. Next semester we will continue to have regular meetings take a motion to our Student Union to mandate their support, and actively support staff that go on strike – I believe the strength of Leeds campaign is strong ties with our UCU branch.

Now that the ball is rolling on the anti-cuts movement and structures are in place, the focus needs to be on getting more students involved. Increasing numbers are becoming aware of the threats that face them. The next step is getting them to do something about it.

More info at

http://www.facebook.co…m/group.php?gid=108319208229#/event.php?eid=189515608690&ref=mf