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Returning to campus: Students need to stand up and fight

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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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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?


News

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

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


Workplace news

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


NHS

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


Campaigns

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


Review

Nuclear Folly: A New History of the Cuban Missile Crisis

TV review - Grenfell: The Untold Story


 

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Related links:

Students:

triangleMore market chaos: York students given digs in Hull

triangleYouth climate protests are back

triangleLots of sign-ups at freshers

triangleSunak's student special

triangleA Socialist Students stall outside Northampton university, September 2021

US:

triangleLondon protest for Texas abortion rights

triangleTories plunge millions further into poverty

triangleYorkshire Youth Fight for Jobs relaunched

triangleNuclear Folly: A New History of the Cuban Missile Crisis

Cuts:

triangleFighting the cuts at the ballot box in Liverpool

triangleNorthampton People's Budget - cuts and privatisation is a failed strategy

triangleEaling People's Budget - cuts can be resisted

Socialist Students:

triangleSocialist Students: Youth lit up when they saw us

triangleCampaigning for socialism at Oxford Brookes Uni

Socialist:

triangleSocialist Party Scotland: Socialist change to end climate change

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