Strathclyde Uni Occupied Against Introduction of £27k fees for non-Scottish students

This morning at 11 am around 40 students from across Scotland went
into occupation of the collins building at Strathclyde University in
protest of the recently announced £27,000 fees for RUK (Rest of UK,
apart from Scotland) students. Students have come from Universities
all over Scotland, including Glasgow, Strathclyde, Caledonian,
Edinburgh and St Andrews. The occupation follows a similar occupation
last week at the Royal Conservatiore of Scotland (formerly the RSMAD)
after they announced their intention to introduce £36,000 fees for RUK
students, and a 36 hour occupation at Edinburgh University on the 16th
of September in protest of Edinburgh University's decision to set RUK
fees at £36,000.

Strathclyde university announced at the end of last term to run down
departments of community education, Geography, Sociology and close
down the music department. This year strathclyde has seen less than
170 humanities and social science students with many staff and
students blaming cutbacks in these departments for the decline in
student numbers. Students say they are standing in solidarity with the
UCU in resisting job, pay and pension cuts. The Herald also reported
that Strathclyde is considering 3 year degrees. Studetends say this is
annother attack on the quality of their education.

Students from across scotland have said that they will continue to
cause distribution over university plans to introduce RUK fees.
Strathclyde University student Ben says 'The introduction of fees and
continuing cuts are an attack on the values of free education that
scotland has always prided itself on, we will continue to fight cuts
in education and fight wider government austerity plans. Disruption
will continue and escalate as long as universities continue to pass on
government cuts. The student movement did not end with the
introduction of fees for English students, we will continue to fight
and we will win.'

Students from the occupation have said that they are using the
occupation to build for the STUC October 1st People First demo this
Saturday in Glasgow, meeting 12 noon at Glasgow Green. A student from
Glasgow university, Kate said that 'as we approach the STUC People
First demo on Saturday, we are sending a clear message that for the
first time in years, there is a strong, united student movement which
will continue to play a role within the struggle against austerity.
RUK fees are another clear example of universities using a climate of
austerity to attack jobs, cut courses and turn universities into money
making enterprises.  This occupation, along with others, intends to
demonstrate how strongly the students oppose the commodification of
education.'

Demands :
No fees for rest of UK students

Halt all course closures and cutbacks to lecturers and staff

No cuts to any other departments or staff

No introduction of 3 year degree programmes. Full degrees, fully
funded for students

Freedom of access in and out of the occupation

No reprisals for students and staff participating in the occupation.

Living wage for all staff at Strathclyde University

Phone number : 07805590391

Comments

Re: Strathclyde Uni Occupied Against Introduction of £27k fees f

By Anonymous

In a perfect world I would accept that English, Welsh and Northern Irish students shouldn't pay fees, but it is the English, Welsh and Northern Irish governments that are imposing fees, and it is against them that the English, Welsh and Northern Irish students should be fighting. If Scotland were to allow English, Welsh and Northern Irish students free education this will have a direct affect on the working class Scots would want to enjoy the privilige of free education. This is not discrimination it's just practical and fair. The 40 occupants are very idealistic and obviously have a good set of principles, but in this case they are wrong.

Re: Strathclyde Uni Occupied Against Introduction of £27k fees f

By Anonymous

 Yep, that's right, because the imposition of enormous fees for RUK students will automatically mean a higher take-up of places by ordinary working-class Scottish students.

Also, I don't mean to be cheeky about your 'I know someone who...' story (because we can all pull these of the hat can't we?), but it's really unlikely that they were genuinely 'muscled out' of a degree course by upper-class students, if they even exist.

If I were you I'd probably want to go and do some research - y'know, some actual facts, not conjecture - on whether or not there's a correlation between decreasing RUK student numbers/increasing RUK fees, and widening participation/closing the class gap for intake on places by working-class students.

 

Anonymous wrote:

Stuff the 'UK' students. English students are charged fees in England so why should they get it free here? Scottish universities are already dominated by middle/upper class English students with well-off families to support them.

Lets give ordinary working class Scots a chance first. I know some who have tried to do a degree and have given up partly due to costs and partly due to being muscled out by posh yahs.

Re: Strathclyde Uni Occupied Against Introduction of £27k fees f

By Anonymous

Stuff the 'UK' students. English students are charged fees in England so why should they get it free here? Scottish universities are already dominated by middle/upper class English students with well-off families to support them.

Lets give ordinary working class Scots a chance first. I know some who have tried to do a degree and have given up partly due to costs and partly due to being muscled out by posh yahs.

Re: Strathclyde Uni Occupied Against Introduction of £27k fees f

By Anonymous

40 students... they have to change their mind now. Mind blowing.

Re: Strathclyde Uni Occupied Against Introduction of £27k fees f

By Anonymous

 

If the RUK students want free fees them
If the RUK students want free fees them
If RUK students want free fees, then let them elect governments in their home administrations that care about education. Why should Scottish taxpayers subsidise free-loading foreign students at the expense of our own people?
 
Get real.

Re: Strathclyde Uni Occupied Against Introduction of £27k fees f

By Anonymous

 

Anonymous wrote:

 

If the RUK students want free fees them
If the RUK students want free fees them
If RUK students want free fees, then let them elect governments in their home administrations that care about education. Why should Scottish taxpayers subsidise free-loading foreign students at the expense of our own people?
 
Get real.

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Re: Strathclyde Uni Occupied Against Introduction of £27k fees f

By CH

Bit of a petty solidarity phail as well. Them free-loading foreign englishers.

Anonymous wrote:

 

Anonymous wrote:

 

If the RUK students want free fees them
If the RUK students want free fees them
If RUK students want free fees, then let them elect governments in their home administrations that care about education. Why should Scottish taxpayers subsidise free-loading foreign students at the expense of our own people?
 
Get real.

Whoops cut'n paste phail

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