Sheffield Students’ Union supports Free Education demonstration

7 November 2017

Sheffield Students’ Union is offering £5 return bus tickets for students who want to attend a London demonstration against tuition fees and in favour of free education for all.

Sheffield is one of a number of student unions around the country backing the November 15th protest. Protesters are calling for the scrapping of tuition fees, living grants for all and an end to campus cuts across the country.

The protest has been organised by the National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts (NCAFC) which describes itself as a “coalition of students and workers dedicated to fighting fees, cuts and privatisation in education.”

The NCAFC has previously organised huge student movements in 2011 and 2014 which both saw 10,000 students on the streets of London demonstrating against government’s higher education white paper and free education.

Rachel O’Brien, NUS disabled Students’ Officer, said to NCAFC: “Free education is not just about university tuition, it is about everything from making adult education accessible and available for people wanting to return to education or start at a later age, to making sure that Disabled Students’ Allowance and Education Health and Care Plans are fully funded and fit for purpose.”

According to the House of Commons library, the estimated average debt for new graduates was £15,000 in 2007.

Now, student debt stands at more than £40,000 for new students and more than £50,000 for those from disadvantaged backgrounds.

The NCAFC demonstration will take place between 13:00 to 17:00 assembling on Malet Street and expects thousands of students to attend.

Written by Emily Wright

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