David Willetts at UEA: Protest against fees, cuts and privatisation!
On the 24th May Minister for Universities and Science David Willetts is due to come to UEA to give a talk on ‘What’s government good for?’.
Come and join us in protesting against David Willetts! The protest will begin at 5pm outside the main entrance to the lecture theatres (opposite the entrance to the library) and will last until 5.15pm.
The Student Officers of the Union and the GSA will meet with David Willetts and the Vice-Chancellor of UEA, Professor Edward Acton, at 5.15pm – we would like your suggestions for questions for Mr Willetts by filling in the box at the bottom of this post. The talk will proceed at 5.30pm, and we would encourage you to attend to hear what Mr Willetts has to say.
Mr Willetts is the Minister responsible for the tripling of tuition fees and the introduction of the White Paper which sets out the Coalitions plans for the wholesale privatisation of Higher Education.
Education is a public good and benefits all aspects of society. This government has made clear, through its attempts to privatise and commodify Higher Education, that it only values education insofar as the economic benefit it produces.
The closure of UEA’s School of Music was a direct result of government changes to undergraduate tuition fee funding and student allocation.
The Union of UEA Students and the National Union of Students have both democratically passed motions calling on Mr Willetts to resign showing that students across the UK fundamentally oppose the Coalitions planned reforms of Higher Education.