Students vote against fees

April 3, 1998

THE National Union of Students voted overwhelmingly to continue its current line on education funding at its annual conference, writes Harriet Swain.

After a fierce debate, members decided to reaffirm their opposition to tuition fees and top-up fees and to lobby for more funding from business.

While they agreed to make student hardship a top priority and to campaign for more maintenance money, they stopped short of calling for maintenance grants to be kept. Instead, they resolved to raise with the government the problem of parents who fail to give students the money for fees or maintenance expected of them.

There was also backing for other Dearing recommendations not concerning funding, particularly those on quality, postgraduates and part-timers.

Members proved more radical in the environment debate, agreeing to withdraw as soon as possible from the McDonald's privilege card which gives students a free burger if they by a McDonald's meal. The decision will cost the union about Pounds 29,000.

Please login or register to read this article.

Register to continue

Get a month's unlimited access to THE content online. Just register and complete your career summary.

Registration is free and only takes a moment. Once registered you can read a total of 3 articles each month, plus:

  • Sign up for the editor's highlights
  • Receive World University Rankings news first
  • Get job alerts, shortlist jobs and save job searches
  • Participate in reader discussions and post comments

Have your say

Log in or register to post comments

Most commented

Recent controversy over the future directions of both Stanford and Melbourne university presses have raised questions about the role of in-house publishing arms in a world of commercialisation, impact agendas, alternative facts – and ever-diminishing monograph sales. Anna McKie reports

3 October


Featured jobs

Senior Lecturer in Law

University Of The West Of England (uwe)

Lecturer in Marketing

Edinburgh Napier University

Resource Planner

Bpp University