#Nov19: United for Education
11 November 2016
Equity is supporting a demonstration called by the National Union of Students and University and Colleges Union on Saturday 19th November in Central London.
We’re meeting on the corner of South Street & Park Lane for 12.30pm on Saturday November 19th. Look for the Equity flags!
Logistical information about the march such as the route can be found here. Remember to bring water with you, wear shoes you’re comfortable in and check the weather forecast before you head out.
Please let us know if you’re coming by replying to this email, and help spread the word on twitter using #Nov19.
‘United for Education’ will see thousands of students, teachers, lecturers and trade unionists march in opposition to government plans to lift the current cap on tuition fees and abolish maintenance grants for students from lower income families.
In May 2016, Universities and Science Minister Jo Johnson MP outlined plans to allow Higher Education institutions to increase their tuition fees from the current £9,000 per year limit, in line with inflation. These changes, which come into effect from 2017, will not just impact on students who begin their studies or training from 2017 but will potentially apply to people who started their courses before that date.
A number of Drama Schools and Universities have already indicated their intention to raise their fees above the current £9,000 per year limit, with NUS estimates showing that tuition fees could rise to as much as £12,000 per year by 2026.
At the same time, the Government are also proposing to scrap maintenance grants for students from lower income families and replace them with maintenance loans – a move that has been widely condemned by Drama School Principals who believe the prospect of further debt will deter students from less economically privileged backgrounds from pursuing careers in the performing arts.
At its September meeting, Equity Council approved a motion from the Young Members’ Committee calling for Equity to oppose any rises in tuition fees and to participate in the demonstration on November 19th.