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Their Education

And ours:
fighting cuts, debt and marketisation
with free education, grants and democracy

Their Education and ours


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HoweverB it is our strength that is preventing


anymovementtowardsfullfeederegulation.In
2011 the government was trying to develop
ideas for how to a raise the fee capB and the
Russell Group have long been demanding the
cap be raised to 16B000B but the government
were not willing to risk another fight like 2010.
Their vision of an education marketB where
universities operate as businesses and
studentsbecomeconsumersofmulti?thousand
pound educational productsB had to be put on
hold.
The latest government reformsB which we
address in this pamphletB are an attempt to
resolve the HE crisis by increasing the burden
on studentsB marketising education and further
exploitinginternationalstudents.Theydosobit
bybitBin small andhardtoperceivewaysthat
are designedtomake allofusworseoffwhile
avoiding another headline figure like 9B000
fees.
In FEB cuts are threatening to destroy
accessible education almost entirely. Over the
course of this parliament the government will
slash60millionfromtheFEbudget.Thiswill
almosttotallyabolishadulteducationBandlead
to a huge reduction in the availability of
education for the least privileged. Educational
Maintenance Allowance ? a grant to help poor
studentsattendcollege?wascutin2010Band
maintenance support for FE students is now
almostnonexistent.
In responseB we are attempting to support a
solutiontothecurrentcrisisthatseekstototally
reverse the recent direction of HE and FE
policy. Instead of moving towards the marketB
we demand public fundingB and education
which is good for all of us ? rather than good
for the rich and a bunch of multinational
education businesses. Free Education is the
onlyacceptablesolution.
ThissolutionwillnotBhoweverBbewonwithout
afight.Butinmanywaysthisisasgoodatime
as any to have that fight. The new Tory
government have yet to be really tested by a
tightly
focusedB
sustained
movement.
Everything is up in the airB and the initiative is
ourstotake.
Butwhatpossibleoutcomescanwereasonably
expect?

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Turning Maintenance Grants


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Jess patterson
Introducing:
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Why is it so bad?
Theres a lot of ambiguity surrounding the
proposalsI but commentators have suggested
thatitismostlikelythatJohnsonsreferenceto
incentives for teaching indicates the TEF
couldbeusedtointroduceasystemofvariable
tuition fees according to rankingsI with
institutionsincreasingfeesabove-IHHHifthey
perform well in the TEFG Although Johnson
didnt signal this directlyI he also declined to
rule out fee rises when questioned by Labour
MPsG Johnson also statedj We will be
consulting very closely on exactly how to put
togetherapackageofincentivesthatworksfor
the sectorG Im not going to propose today to
outline in detail the finer details of each
elementofanincentivepackageG
These finer details are due to appear in
autumnintheformofaGreenPaperIthatisIa
consultation documentG If we take a look at
whatJohnsonhassaidwecantellthatthereis
alottobeworriedaboutj
ThemetricsofValueforMoney
Thefocusoftheproposalswillbeonthethree
key manifesto pledgesj lifting the cap on
student numbersI delivering the TEFI and
driving value for money both for students
investing in their educationI and taxpayers
underwriting the systemG How? Johnson says
he plans toI assess the employment and
earnings returns to education by matching
DepartmentforBusinessIInnovationandSkills
PBIS: and Department for Education PDfE:
education data with HMRC employment and
income data and Department for Work and
PensionsPDWP:benefitsdataG
This will likely mean that the outcomefocused
metrics are all about graduate earnings and
employmentG A good teacher is no longer
someone who enriches understanding of a
subjectI or enhances critical thinkingI they are
now a glorified careers service and their
success will be measured by your paychequeG

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MoreoverI the idea that courses receiving a


label of excellence according to the metrics of
valuemoneycanbeemployedtojustifymore
aggressive measuresI such as the axing of
maintenancegrantsG

This will hugely disfavour teaching staff who


train students who go into lowpaid public
sectorworkIlikebecomingthenextgeneration
ofcasualisedacademicworkersGItwillalsofail
to take into account that people with higher
earning parents will go into higherpaying
graduate jobsI not necessarily through good
teachingbutthroughpersonalcontactsorearly
advantagesinlifeG
TheproblemwithQuantitativeSurveys
Many argue that there is already something
similar to the TEFI in terms of assessing
university teachingj National Student Survey
PNSS:IwhichJohnsonhimselfpraisedG
As activists standing against the marketisation
of education we cannot stand for eitherG
Ideologically they rest on the premise that
studentsareconsumersIbuyingaservicefrom
teachersI as education providersG Under this
logicteachersaremeasuredbytheircustomer
serviceI rather than the quality of education
that they provideG Johnsons repeated
references to the Competitive Markets
AuthorityI and polls conducted by the Higher
EducationPolicyInstituteIareindicativeofthis

AuthorityW, and, polls, conducted, by, the, Higher,


Education, Policy, InstituteW, are, indicative, of, this,
kind,of,thinkingY
These, kinds, of, metrics, hurt, workers, in,
educationY, Johnson, notedW, for, exampleW, that,
competition,will,also,be,central,to,our,efforts,to,
drive,up,standardsW,a,notion,which,endorses,a,
continuation,of,a,system,in,which,almost,half,of,
academics, are, pressured, into, giving, higher,
grades, and, struggle, with, unmanageable,
workloadsY

repayment, of, student, loansY, By, combining,


these, two, ideas, Johnson, defines, education, as,
a, public, good, to, mean, work, hard, for, the,
bosses,and,pay,off,your,debtsY

The, idea, that, a, series, of, leading, questionsW,


formulated, by, a, neoMliberal, agendaW, can,
quantify, the, quality, of, an, individuals, teaching,
methods, is, full, of, problemsY, ParticularlyW, when,
these,spurious,metrics,are,used,to,justify,things,
like, redundanciesW, funding, cutsW, teaching, only,
contractsW, other, kinds, of, lowMpaid, precarious,
contractsY, An, increasing, amount, of, teaching, is,
done, by, poorly, paid, PhD, students, and, early,
career, academicsW, on, shortMterm, contacts, and,
its, precisely, these, already, exploited, workers,
who, will, come, under, increasing, pressure, to,
perform, according, the, demands, of, the, TEFY,
While, the, institutions, may, receive, financial,
incentives, its, unlikely, that, those, actually,
delivering, the, services, will, benefit, from, better,
payY
MoreoverW, the, TEF, encourages, the, separation,
of,research, and, teachingY,,This, is, an,unhelpful,
splitW,and,many,leading,academics,have,argued,
that,a,better,quality,education,can,be,achieved,
through, researchMbasedW, lead, and, oriented,
teachingY, YetW, the, rise, of, teachingMonly,
contracts, has, seen, many, earlyMcareer,
academics, burdened, with, most, of, the, admin,
intensive, rolesW, leaving, them, unable, to, pursue,
research,essential,for,their,career,development:,
the, overwhelming, majority, of, these, less,
esteemed, contracts, are, awarded, to, womenY,
The, TEF, could, well, to, serve, widen, this, gapW,
with,the,possible,result,that,universities,will,also,
be, separated, as, either, teaching, or, research,
institutionsY
Graduate Earnings as a measure of success
While, paying, lip, service, to, the, notion, thatW,
education, is, about, more, than, just, wage,
returnsW, Johnson, went, quickly, back, on, course,
by,reminding,students,thatW,it,is,also,important,
to, remember, that, higher, lifetime, graduate,
earnings,provide,benefits,to,society,,including,
higher, tax, revenues, and, faster, and, fuller,

There,are,further,references,to,making,sure,HE,
matches, the, needs, of, big, businessW, including,
the,very,explicit,statement,thatW,we,are,not,yet,
rising, to, the, challenge, of, ensuring, that, enough,
young,people,are,choosing,courses,where,there,
are, skills, shortages, and, strong, employer,
demandY, This, technocraticW, businessMled,
approach, to, higher, education, is, the, entire,
foundation, for, the, reasoning, behind, the, TEF,
and,should,be,strongly,resistedY
Putting,a,Price,tag,on,our,Education
Essentially, then, the, TEF, is, a, way, of, pricing,
different, courses, and, different, universitiesY, The,
declared, mission, to, drive, up, standards, in,
teachingW, is, a, plan, to, justify, an, increased, and,
more,explicit,marketisation,of,educationY

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Further cuts to Further Education


Loan Repayment Changes
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begin2 repaying2 their2 loans2 when2 they2 earn2
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article2on2loans]B
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pay2 back2 LJ2 million2 more2 under2 this2 new2
systemB2 The2 Department2 for2 Business(2
Innovation2 and2 Skills2 [BIS]2 has2 recently2
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graduates2will2be29N(3332per2year2in2O39I9B2
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not2have2an2impact2on2the2median2FE2learnersB2
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graduates2who2earn2more2than2the2average2FE2
who2will2have2to2begin2repayments2earlierB2This2
argument2 would2 be2 deliberately2 misleadingR2 it2
creates2 the2 impression2 that2 this2 policy2 is2 fair2
because2 it2 is2 higher2 than2 average2 FE2 earners2
who2 pay2 earlierB2 Of2 course(2 this2 deliberately2
misses2 the2 pointR2 it2 would2 still2 be2 people2 with2
lower2 incomes2 in2 relation2 to2 the2 rest2 of2 society2
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million2 apprenticeshipsB2 Regardless(2 these2 cuts2
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accessing2education(2particularly2those2who2are2
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The Nature of these Changes


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Retrospective Repayment Hikes ben towse


Changes to Student Loan Conditions
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So by raiding the pockets of middle and lower


earnersx leaving the richer largely unaffectedx
the government expects to make S4U billion in
extrarepaymentsfromexistingundergraduatesx
and more from future students4 They will make
justSFmillionoutofexistingFEborrowersxin
partbecausethesestudentswillberepayingout
of lower salaries4 The government cant be
bothered to make a political case for changing
FE loans they are affected simply because it
would be bureaucratically difficult to separate
themoutoftheundergradfocusedloansystem
they were bundled into in U5NS4 The
consultation gives almost zero attention to the
effectsonFE4
The impacts
TheToriesarecrossinganewlineandsettinga
precedent that students and graduates are a
piggy bank that can be raided any time the
governmentneedssomesparecash4
Evenworsexwhywouldstudentsrisktakingout
a student loan to access education when the
conditionscanbechangedatanytimetomake
some money for the government? This is a
disincentivetoentereducationatallxparticularly
for those without the safety net of wealthy
families4 Making big predictions is hardx but
some experts do believe it likely that
prospectivestudentswillbecomemorewaryof
takingondebt4
And it might affect the courses students feel
pressuredtochoose4Thepressureisontoget
highpaying jobs that will pay off debt fasterx
before the next repayment hike pushing
studentstofocusonlyonsubjectsandactivities
thatwillnetthosejobs4

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Dealing with counter-arguments


Thispolicywillbehardtojustifyasreasonable4
Here are some of the Wweak arguments that
mightberaisedbyanyonedefendingit4
The repayment threshold is staying frozen
A freeze in cash terms means a reduction in
real terms4 Because of inflation where the
price of goodsx services and rent rises every
year UNx555 in five years will represent a
lowerincome4
They told you the terms could change
We had no choice but to take these loans to
access education4 And government ministers
sold the policy on the basis of the generous
repaymentterms,
The government needs to balance the books.
The money has to come from somewhere
Thisisafalsechoice4Thereisplentyofwealth
in our society but it is sitting in the mansionsx
businessesandbankaccountsoftherichthe
government should tax the wealthy, This
change in repayments is an attempt to fund a
failingsystembyexploitingtheyoung4
Fighting back
Wecantalloweitherexistinggraduatesxcurrent
or future students to be sold out4 We have to
fight to stop the hikes4 Beyond thatx we should
argue that instead of tinkering with a brokenx
unjust fees systemx it should be scrapped and
replaced with free education funded by taxing
therich4
The consultation lasts until N3 October U5NF
NUS and student unions should respondx
demandingnochangesaremade4Butwecant
stop there we need to raise mass public
awarenessxanduseprotestanddirectactionto
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Cuts to Disabled Students Allowance

Tanju Cakar

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Postgraduate funding:
What are the governments plans?

Of all the HE proposals outlined by Osborne2


those relating to postgraduate funding are the
most uncertain2 although what we do know
seems consistent with the general grain of Tory
policy1 These suggestions discussed here relate
to the earlier Budget announcement in March
SA971Alongsidethisthegovernmentlauncheda
consultationthatran from theS7thMarchtothe
S9thMay2SA971Thegovernmentarenowinthe
processofanalysingtheresults1

unable to access master programs are from


oppressed background2 leading to the
domination of teaching and research by the
mostprivileged1

As the HESA HHigher Education Statistics


AgencyE data shows2 the number of students
undertakingMastersreacheditspeakinSAA85A
Hprior to fee0hikesE and has2 tellingly2 since then
only declined1 The government needs to tackle
this1

Fromthegovernmentsperspectivereductionin
thenumberofdomesticstudentsdoingmasters
degrees and going on to PG study and the
resultingdropinskillisthemainmotivationfor
introducing the loan1 Rather than actually
increase access2 then the rationale that this
should be a partial loan2 rather than a higher
figure covering all expenses2 is argued
according to the principle that cost should
remain a deterrent to studying for some: this
balances the incentives to ensure students will
continue to make considered and informed
decisions about pursuing education at this
level1

The central proposal is the introduction of a


9A2AAAloanfortaughtMastersprogrammes1
A Masters degree is a gateway to postgraduate
study 0 and has been identified as the point at
which many people who want to continue their
education are permanently turned away1 As
mightbeexpected2themajorityofpeopleunable

This is further justified on the basis that a full0


loan would result in fee0inflation2 something
against which they ambiguously propose that
they will establish safeguards while
completely ruling out the only mechanism by
whichthiscouldtrulybeaffected:theregulation
offees1

Here are the most alarming aspects of the


proposalsputforwardintheconsultation:
Loans of 10,000
programmes:

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undergraduate2 loansK2 Interest2 would2 be2 at2 RPI2 j2
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postUMW2 undergrad2 loan2 system42 with2
repayments2 set2 at2 z2 on2 earnings2 over2 WkK2
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these2 students2 will2 already2 be2 paying2 on2 their2
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misses2 the2 source2 of2 the2 problem2 that2 they2 have2
created2 increasing2 barriers2 to2 the2 access2 of2
higher2 education2 from2 undergraduate2 to2
postgraduate2 level2 as2 a2 result2 of2 an2 untenable2
system2of2student2debtK

Post-graduate Research Funding:


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degrees2are2even2more2bizarre2in2their2reasoningK2
These2 suggestions2 are2 far2 less2 concrete2 and2
come2ahead2of2a2review2on2how2the2government2
can2 both2 broaden2 and2 strengthen2 support2 for2
postgraduate2 research2 students2 and2 excellent2
postgraduate2researchKOne2of2the2suggestions2is2
that2 they2 seek2 out2 ways2 to2 support2 innovative2
finance2 platforms2 such2 as2 crowdUfundingK2 This2
seems2 like2 a2 bad2 joke2 that2 applies2 a2 startUup2
business2 mentality2 to2 researchK2 Such2 ideas2
represent2 a2 horrible2 move2 towards2 the2 interests2
and2agendas2of2private2business2 and2away2from2
public2fundingK2

An age-cap on loans
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suggestion2that2eligibility2for2the2loan2be2restricted2
to2persons2under2the2age2of2thirtyK2The2justification2
for2 this2 is2 that2 younger2 students2 are2 statistically2
more2in2need2of2financial2aidK2To2support2this2they2
produce2 an2 interesting2 document42 which2
compares2the2financial2needs2of2postUgrad2taught2
students2who2are2under2M2and2over2M42based2on2
a2 survey2 of2 4MMM2 UK2 domiciled2 PGT2 MastersK2
What2this2completely2fails2to2account2for2is2that2all2
of2 the2 data2 has2 therefore2 been2 collected2 from2
people2 who2 have2 already2 made2 the2 decision2 to2
take2 on2 the2 financial2 burden2 of2 postUgrad2
educationK2 There2 are2 many2 people2 over2 thirty2 for2
whom2this2has2simply2not2been2an2optionK2
Rather2 than2 the2 measure2 matching2 the2 needs2 of2
students42 whats2 more2 likely42 and2 what2 fits2 more2
snugly2 with2 the2 principle2 that2 the2 proposed2 loan2
has2 been2 designed2 to2 ensure2 the2 majority2 of2
borrowers2 repay2 in2 full42 while2 recognising2 the2
personal2 benefits2 that2 most2 will2 accrue42 is2 that2
this2group2of2potential2borrowers2are2more2likely2to2
pay2 back2 their2 loans2 in2 fullK2 That2 is42 according2 to2
predictions2 by2 the2 Department2 for2 Business2
Innovation2k2Skills42total2repayments2will2be2lower2
for2 those2 starting2 study2 later42 because2 mature2
students2are2more2likely2to2retire2before2their2debt2
is2 repaidK2 In2 addition42 although2 this2 is2 not2 part2 of2
the2 official2 conversation42 it2 seems2 likely2 that2 a2
further2aspect2of2this2consideration2is2that2women2
in2 the2 postUthirty2 category2 are2 more2 likely2 to2 do2
partUtime2or2more2lowUpaid2work2and2will2therefore2
pay2off2the2loan2at2a2much2slower2rateK

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InA theA shortA termxA ourA planA isA toA spreadA


informationA throughA nationwideA publicA meetingsA
duringA theA weekA ofA 12th*16thA October.A InA theA
weeksA afterA thatA NCAFCA isA organisingA aA dayA ofA
localA actionA onA theA 24thA ofA OctoberxA andA aA
nationalAdemonstrationAonAtheA4thAofANovember.A
MoreAactionsAwillAemergeAasAtimeAgoesAonxAandA
localAgroupsAandAtradeAunionsAwillAallAbeAmakingA
theirAownAplans.AWeAalsoAhaveAtoAleaveAaAlotAofA
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visionAforAourAmovementAis.AWhatAhappensAafterA
aA bigA nationalA demo?A HowA doesA ourA campaignA
putAdownArootsAlocallyxAandAcontinueAtoAbuildAtheA
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overA theA monthsA andA yearsA toA come?A DoA weA
haveA toA escalateA beyondA demonstrationsA *A
perhapsAtowardsAaAstudentAstrike?
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you.A ThereA isA noA eliteA crackA teamA ofA activistsA
whoA knowA howA weA shouldA fightxA andA noA leftyA
angelsAwhoAwillAcomeAandAorganiseAtheAstudentsA
onAyourAcampus.AIfAsomethingAhappensAoverAtheA
nextA yearA *A andA hopefullyA itsA nowA clearA toA youA
thatA somethingA UmustUA happenA *A itA willA beA
becauseA youxA andA hundredsA ofA othersA likeA youxA
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