By Louise Ridley
Fifty students from Goldsmiths college, University of London, will march to the steps of Parliament today in an emergency demonstration called in response to the ‘shock’ loss of £200 million in funding for student grants.
They will be joined by students from all over the UK on the march to the Department of Universities, Innovation and Skills (DIUS) in Westminster.
Fledgling campaign group Another Education Is Possible, which campaigns for free education, called the protest at short notice.
It was prompted by the announcement two weeks ago that the government had miscalculated the higher education budget and would slash the amount of maintenance grant funding for the next academic year. Forty thousand students are set to lose out.
Students’ Union officer Jennifer Jones will lead Goldsmiths’ students in the demonstration. She said: “The NUS only found out about the grant cuts when they appeared in the Guardian. We need to take action.”
Tom Wills, from Another Education Is Possible, told The Platform: “We want to say something right now, especially in the current economic climate: The government is bailing out banks but says there is not enough money for education.”
Education Not For Sale, a campaign group that opposes the privatisation of education, has also expressed support for the demonstration. Daniel Randall, a member of the steering committee, said: “There was no warning of the cuts so we want to use a similar level of swiftness in today’s demonstration. This will be a short, sharp shock building towards a national demonstration in early 2009.”