Education Against Austerity event at LSE (6 Oct 6.30-9.30)

The new academic term is opening in anger.
Tens of thousands are being denied university places as students rush onto courses to avoid next year’s fees of £9,000 fees. The scrapping of the Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) is cutting working class students off from education.
Such moves will only  increase inequalities and highlight the lack of prospects faced by millions of young people. They will only go to intensify the factors that led to the riots.

Yet the Coalition are pushing their reforms further. This year, they will attempt to implement their White Paper – the definitive entry of business into higher education and the blueprint for the wholesale privatisation of entire institutions.

The creation of the £18,000 a year New College of the Humanities, while 70 percent of courses are cut at London Metropolitan University, shows the ConDem project for our education.
Yet the government is weak and when we build pressure from below we can win. The student revolt pushed the coalition into turmoil and ESOL was partially saved after widespread resistance.
As millions of public sector workers, including lecturers and teachers, are set for mass strikes on 30th November, join EAN to discuss the way forward for our movement.
The event will be held at LSE, The Quad, LSE, Houghton Street, WC2A 2AE, on 6 October 2011 from 6.30-9.30.
Speakers include:
Priyamvada Gopal, University of Cambridge,  unravels the government’s White Paper on Higher Education (http://discuss.bis.gov.uk/hereform/white-paper/)

Owen Jones, author of Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class, looks at the rising demonisation of young people

Mark Campbell, Save London Met, explains what’s behind the public sector strikes and why they matter in the fight for education

Susan Matthews, Defend the Right to Protest, on the rise of political policing and why we should defend arrested protesters

Mandy Brown, Action for ESOL, on how we defected ESOL cuts and where next in the fight for Further Education

Mark Bergfeld, NUS NEC, discusses where next for the student movement

About educationactivistnetwork
The education activist network provides national coordination for trade unionists, academics, university workers and student campaigners fighting to defend jobs and education in the UK.

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