Returning to campus: Students need to stand up and fight
Stanley Harris, UAL Socialist Students
As we progress through the month of September, students and young people across the country will be preparing themselves to return to their respective studies.
For some beginning their studies at university this year, it's looking like in-person freshers' events and considerably less restrictions in place regarding the more social aspects of university life are on the cards.
The outlook for many students, however, especially those returning for their 2nd and 3rd years of study, is dogged with anxiety and uncertainty. Where promises of in-person and practical learning on campus are concerned, frankly for many of us returning or finishing our studies this year we have simply heard it all before.
It would be foolish for any of us to think that the negligence and lack of understanding shown by management in many universities during the pandemic last year is simply going to go away. The fact is that due to brutal Tory cuts we are returning to institutions that are as up against it now as they were before.
The effects of staggering cuts of up to 50% in funding to many courses, such as in the arts, that have in the past provided huge opportunities to working-class young people seeking work in creative industries, will doubtless now be felt.
These changes in funding to courses now deemed 'unnecessary' by the capitalist class to the economic recovery of the country post-pandemic, will put immense strain on both students and staff.
Last year student campaigns, including rent strikes, which Socialist Students were involved in, resulted in some gains for students.
This year it is as important as it was last year for us all to stand up and fight. No to more false promises. No to cuts and tuition fees.
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The coronavirus crisis has laid bare the class character of society in numerous ways. It is making clear to many that it is the working class that keeps society running, not the CEOs of major corporations.
The results of austerity have been graphically demonstrated as public services strain to cope with the crisis.
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In The Socialist 15 September 2021:
What we think
We need a new political party for workers and youth
What's behind the worker shortages, and what can be done about it?
Social care plans: A sticking plaster instead of surgery
Hands off the Universal Credit uplift
Unite young and old to defend the pensions triple lock
Climate change, capitalism, and the struggle for socialism
Youth and students
We won't pay for capitalism's failings
Scrap tuition fees - end university marketisation
Returning to campus: Students need to fight
Campaigning for socialism at Oxford Brookes Uni
Youth Fight for Jobs launches campaign in Brighton
NSSN trade union rally reflects working-class anger to fight back
Oaks Park school: Redbridge Labour council backs strike-breaking bullies
Save jobs and services - nationalise rail
Weetabix - workers have had enough
Carmarthenshire Unison: 'Recognise our union!'
Goodlord dispute: Labour's leadership weasled out of backing strike action
Take the wealth off the super-rich to fund: NHS and social care, pay and benefit rises
Deaths of despair: Health crisis - capitalism in the dock
On the frontline, and still fighting for the NHS
Solidarity to the striking workers at Charité and Vivantes hospitals in Berlin
Putting socialism on the map in Chichester
Reclaiming Pride as protest in Nottingham
Fighting fund target reached: Help us continue to raise our banner and programme
Nuclear Folly: A New History of the Cuban Missile Crisis
TV review - Grenfell: The Untold Story
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