Outraged students speak to the BBC about Browne Review

NCAFC activists Robin Law, Wesminster University Student Union President, and Simon Hardy, Fight Cuts Campaign at Westminster, spoke today on BBC London Breakfast Show with Gaby Roslin and Paul Ross.

Listen to what they had to say (on 2:07min):

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



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

Left-wing sabbatical officers speak!

These interviews originally appeared at www.workersliberty.org

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Solidarity beats Westminster Uni victimisation

Westminster University management’s attempt to victimise activist Simon Hardy over his part in March’s anti-cuts occupation was defeated today after Westminster students and lecturers protested outside. (We were joined by a handful of non-Westminster supporters, including one NCAFC activist who had come all the way from Brighton!)

Chants of “Workers and students unite and fight” and “They say cut back, we say fight back” from the street outside could be heard in the board room. All ‘charges’ against Simon were promptly dropped.

The lesson, as with the Sussex Six, is that solidarity can win.

PRESS RELEASE – Defend Students’ voice – Support Simon Hardy!

Read the press release here.

Defend Simon Hardy: protest 1pm, Friday 7 May

Westminster Uni anti-cuts activist Simon Hardy is being disciplined for his part in the recent anti-cuts occupation.

Join the protest: 1pm, Friday 7 May, University of Westminster Regent Street campus

Facebook event here.

More details from Westminster activists below…
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Anti-cuts activists win Westminster SU

By Jade Baker, University of Westminster SU VP Education-elect

Last week anti-cuts activists swept the board in our student union elections. All three candidates on the “Stop the cuts! Shake up YOUR union” slate were elected – Robin Law for President, Fatima Hagi for union Trustee and myself for VP Education. Leftie candidate Chris Jones was elected VP Communications.
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Westminster Students Occupy Against Cuts – The National Wave Begins!

This is from the Fight Cuts at Westminster campaign blog –

Over 200 staff and students at the University of Westminster have protested, stormed the board of governors meeting and are currently in occupation, vice-chancellors office, in regard to recently proposed tutoring and administrative job cuts.

Management are planning to slash 285 jobs by April and this follows the closures of the ceramics department and the nursery. Recently, over 150 staff and students placed a unanimous vote of no confidence in the vice-chancellor and his management at a rally addressing Westminster’s severe proposed job cuts, on February, 17.

The vice-chancellor has openly declared that job cuts are the initiative of the governors, not his. Well, demonstrators asked him for themselves, after storming past security and into the governor’s meeting. They were greeted by a board of governors who were ‘quaking in their boots;’ shortly after students persuaded Geoffrey Petts, the VC, to stick around and answer some questions which he hesitated to on the first instance but then proceed to do with a full bureaucratic and dismissive tone.

Our demands to the vice-chancellor are:

A) Issue a statement on the avoidance of redundancies

B) Make freely available to the unions in the university appropriate financial documents

C) Produce alternative, sustainable plans for addressing the financial gap over the next several years.

Join us, over 40 students are currently occupying at Regents Campus, V-C’s office!