The Browne Review is a declaration of war
October 12, 2010 Leave a comment
This morning Lord Browne recommended removing the cap on tuition fees and allowing universities to set their own rates. It also recommends lowering student loan and bursary entitlements, and next week’s spending review is expected to twist the knife further – cutting central funding to all but the “priority” subjects referred by big business.
If these proposals become a reality they will cement the transformation of higher education into a market place and spell the end of education as a public service. Middlesex University has already abolished History and Philosophy teaching and this picture could be replicated nationally – alongside massive job losses and financial misery to a generation of students. For more on the review’s conclusions see this report produced by NUS, but in simple terms the Browne Review is a declaration of war.
Students at universities across the country will be out on their campus today leafletting, petitioning, lobbying and demonstrating against the review’s conclusions. These actions can feed into the protests and rallies against the spending review next week and the joint NUS and UCU demonstration on November 10th. We can discuss the next steps at the EAN conference on October 31st.
Use this petition to get active on your campus. We will be publishing reports shortly – send details, reports and photos of your events to firstname.lastname@example.org. And don’t forget to register for the conference!