Monthly Archives: April 2011

March on the AUA and Camp for the Radical Alternative

Nottingham Students Against Fees and Cuts enjoyed a sunny and noisy march to the East Midlands Conference Centre where their chants (what do we want? Free education! How do we get it? Occupation!) were met with some bemused looks, some nods and even some applause from the Association of University Administrators (AUA), at least one member of which crossed the line of security guards outside the conference centre to join the demonstration.

While infamous sexist Willets cancelled his keynote address to the AUA, NSAFC went ahead with their camp for the radical alternative holding anti-oppression workshops and engaging discussions in an open space on the University of Nottingham campus visible to passers-by.  Formal invitations were extended to AUA delegates to attend, which stated:  “We believe that increased fees and draconian cuts to education are not the only options. To that end, we are creating an open space for discussion whereby we are collectively exploring alternatives.”

The cuts to and privatisation of education were discussed by a representative from the Campaign for the Public University and a PhD student explained the unequal effect of the cuts to public services on women.  It was noted that unemployment among young women was rising and that women were more affected by cuts to Arts and Humanities. It was suggested that women would be disproportionately taking on more unpaid work to cover the effects of the cuts to childcare, care for people with disabilities and services for the elderly. The news that women’s refugee centres across Nottingham were facing closure was met with anger as it was agreed women will face more violence and serious danger as a direct result.  

It was a space in which radical alternatives to neo-liberal cuts were envisaged as NSAFC and the assembled campers agreed upon the necessity of taking action against the cuts and building community solutions to them. Upcoming demonstrations, such as the May Day Rally and the next Notts Uncut action were promoted. Local young people from colleges and secondary schools across Nottingham, students from both of the city’s universities and members of Notts SOS and Notts Uncut came together to enjoy food provided by local vegan catering co-operative Veggies as NSAFC built ever stronger links with the local community and became ever more determined to fight on.

Indymedia report and more pics here.

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Response to Fee Increase

Nottingham Students Against Fees and Cuts are not surprised with the University of Nottingham’s unjustified and elitist decision to treble fees to £9,000 but our anger and disappointment has dramatically increased. The unrealistically optimistic statement from the vice-chancellor suggests attending university will still be “free at the point of entry.” Nottingham Students Against Fees and Cuts would like to remind the VC that university is not free.

We see through your euphemisms Mr Greenway!

Condemning future generations to a life time of debt is an economically disastrous and socially unfair policy that NSAFC is dedicated to resisting.

We believe that free education is a right and that the attacks on education are ideologically-motivated. We reject the con-demned coalition’s disingenuous justifications for slashing public services and commodifying education while also cutting tax for the super rich and turning a blind eye to corporate tax avoidance. We do not believe politicians who tell us we cannot afford to keep libraries and hospitals open but who continue to find billions of pounds to fund Trident nuclear weapons programme and wars for oil.

The students of today will not be lied to, we will not be tricked. With the global financial recession, we see the cracks in this unsustainable system and as it crumbles this generation has decided to build a fairer, more just society for all.

No cuts! No fees!

See you at our next event!

NSAFC

Administrate This! 19th of April

ADMINISTRATE THIS!
TENT CITY AND MARCH AT THE AUA CONFERENCE
19
th of April 2011 UNIVERSITY PARK CAMPUS, NOTTINGHAM

On April the 18th -20th the Association of University Administrators will be meeting in Nottingham to discuss the future of Higher Education in the UK. As the government’s plans to lift the cap on tuition fees to £9000 is exploited by a cartel of administrations to monopolise high-end university education, the minister for universities, David Willetts, keynote speaker at the AUA conference, reassures us that the cuts in funding and the raises in fees will be ‘progressive’. The same ‘Honourable Gentleman’ tries to divide us by blaming women’s struggle for equality for the problems that big business and career politicians have created for working-class men. In order to defend and advance the cause of education in this country over business managers and privilege, and to show that we won’t be divided by patriarchal logic, we invite you to the following:

  1. MARCH FOR EDUCATION AND SOLIDARITY

Meet at the Lakeside Arts Centre, University Of Nottingham, University Park, Nottingham NG7 2RD at 12:00 on the 19th of April.

We will march on the conference to challenge David Willetts’ destructive policies and patriarchal logic, and those who enable the savage cuts and fees he promotes. There will be a feminist bloc.

Bring placards, banners, and the noise. Speakers from anti-cuts campaigns across the country and Women Against Cuts TBA

  1. CAMP FOR THE EDUCATION ALTERNATIVE

As a response to a conference which charges at minimum £99 for one day’s access, we will be hosting a free camp at a location (to be disclosed nearer the time) near the conference in Nottingham. Join us in camping over- bring a tent and camping equipment with you!

The camp will last from the 19th-20th and hold workshops and discussions with activists and academics on the topics including:

Anti-Oppression

Gender and The Cuts

Zombie Universities

Protest Tactics, Strategies, and Direct Action

Capitalism and Beyond

There will also be food, a kids space, music, performance, and art!

At the AUA conference, Willetts will speak to an audience of Vice-Chancellors, Registrars and other administrative staff and encourage them to support his policies. These are the same staff who blithely cut departments, intimidate lower-paid academic staff, and exploit support workers in the name of the cuts. Yet vice-chancellors and management refuse to take a cut in salary, despite earning well over £150,000 a year. It is not a question of whether one or many wolves tear apart education, whether the government or the university administrations promote cuts and commercialization, it is a matter of us building alternatives and taking action.

If you have any queries, need a place to stay beforehand, or other support, please contact Nottingham Students against Fees and Cuts:

nsafac[@]gmail.com

http://twitter.com/nsafc

(#adminthis #april19)

https://nsafc.wordpress.com/

Facebook Event: http://on.fb.me/gmne8P

NO IFS, NO BUTS, NO EDUCATION CUTS!

See you there,

Nottingham Students against Fees and Cuts