Please find below a statement signed by a number of leading student representatives.
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OPPOSING HIGHER STUDENT CHARGES
A government review into university funding will soon make its recommendations.
So far the debate has been totally one sided – focusing almost exclusively on how to make people pay even more for receiving a university education.
Some in the Coalition government favour making people pay more through a graduate tax whilst others back higher fees of up to £7,000 per year.
With student debt already averaging £23,000, the idea that the cost of a university degree should increase further is absurd.
There are progressive alternatives to funding higher education which would tackle student debt and help Britain create the highly skilled economy it needs – rather than slipping further down international league tables of university participation as it currently is. To this end, we welcome the UCU’s contribution to the debate, proposing that tuition fees be replaced by an increase in corporation tax.
We demand that the Coalition government uses the review to reduce the burden on students – not as an opportunity to increase these costs.
Initial signatories include:
Kanja Sesay, NUS Black Students' Officer
Vicki Baars, NUS LGBT Officer
Joshi Sachdeo, NUS NEC
Rebecca Sawbrigde, Disabled Students' Rep, NUS NEC
Sean Rillo Raczka, NUS NEC
Neelam Rose, NUS Black Students' Committee
Cameron Tait, President of the University of Sussex SU
Fiona Edwards, Free Education Campaign
Aaron Kiely, NUS Black Students' Committee
Sol Schonfield, Communications Officer of the University of Sussex SU