Several students disagree with the budget cuts to the University and changes that are due to be implemented over the course of the academic year, following the Vice-Chancellor’s All Staff Address last week.
As a result of the decision made, a group of students from Socialist Students Southampton have organised a protest this Wednesday on the 22nd November. The protest will be held on the Redbrick from 11am to 3pm.
The organisers of the protest will be wearing fluorescent jackets and holding megaphones on the day.
The group hope their protest will prevent several changes from occurring and meet some of their following demands:
- To stop the unnecessary 75 lecturer redundancies
- To prevent the merging of the Humanities faculties (let them continue as 8 faculties instead of the proposed 5)
- Immediately freeze tuition fees to prevent them from going any higher
- Once the education budget has been reinstated with the full funding (to pre-2010 standards) that tuition fees are to be abolished (lobbying the Vice Chancellor to lobby the government)
- Replace the existing pension scheme so that the university once again pays into staff’s pension funds.
- For the USS to remain fair in it’s pension schemes for staff.
As more individuals join the campaign against the University’s budget cuts, the demand list may increase to reach for further change.
The group say:
This will be the first event in the start of a campaign to demand better education for all at the university.