We are angry. Tuition fees are £9,000. Student debt on graduation now averages over £40,000... Our debts are on a scale unthinkable even a decade ago. Life-shaping debts. Debts so large that they determine what jobs we look for, where we live and even whether to start a family.
Labour would be best rethinking this potential pledge before it is announced. A cut in tuition fees from £9,000 to £6,000 will not help Labour successfully captured the student vote. It will instead send a message to students that they agree with the tuition fees policy implemented by the coalition.
A wondrous event took place in London town last night. A premiere like no other, vInspired's Swing The Vote set out to reveal what's remained a secret 'til now: exactly what will get the UK's 18-24 year olds to the ballot box next summer.
When people steal from the state through benefit fraud (usually out of desperation), there's public outcry. But when the state steals from the people by failing to provide even a basic standard of living, whilst corruption and tax evasion runs unchecked, we're told it's all part of a necessary strategy for economic recovery.
How universities can expect Arts students, for example, to pay £9,000 for a reading-based degree with the essential ingredients not included, I don't know... Expensive reading lists are an irritating, tiresome and unnecessary addition to the financial burden already placed on students, and it makes the annual £9,000 tuition fee seem even more of a rip-off than we originally thought.
Too many academics still spend too much of their time in ivory towers and not engaging their students... modern students want to change this. Academics will have to change too.
After four years as a Soas student, I'm about to graduate with a considerable amount of debt, albeit not compared to those now paying historic £9000 ...
I'm not a particularly political person. I am not a Marxist, a Socialist, a Conservative, a Liberal...I find it all a bit bewildering to be honest. And I'm not alone. For though most people have a plethora of views about the huge problems facing the country at the moment...
New survey reveals major shortfall in UK student income vs living costs, and exposes growing tensions between parents, students and the government. ...
What is clear is that universities are being forced to make pricing decisions and think like commercial businesses like never before. True marketisation may not be a bad thing for the sector - with fees genuinely linked to the value delivered - but the current model is the worst of both worlds.
By talking to businesses we are no longer making assumptions and as a result we have found that some curriculum units are not the highest priority from an employer perspective, and as a result the content has been changed, and we know this collaborative approach must continue.
We won't win free education overnight; it will take long years of debate, proving the public value of higher education to the public and we will need to tackle the issue of access to education, so a mature student from Tower Hamlets has the same chance of getting into UCL as their 18 year-old counterpart from Richmond.
With Ed Miliband's promise of a 'radical offer' on tuition fees there is an ever increasing feeling that Labour will commit to a graduate tax. This follows Liam Byrne's suggestion that Labour's election manifesto could set out 'a long-term shift to a graduate tax.' The announcement that Labour will reduce tuition fees to £6,000 suggests tuition fees are going to be a real election issue.
The rise in interest rates and the disappearance of the 30-year cap on loan repayments mean that graduates could be in debt until they retire. This move could deter students from applying to University, making the motive of increasing tuition fees to improve standards useless.
It begins with thrill, continues in hope and ends in despair. Welcome to the world of overseas students! Like many others, I am currently in the second phase of the journey, trying hard to not slip into third...
I sincerely hope that J.K. Rowling never stops writing and I am hugely excited about the publication of The Silkworm. Having immortalised her as the greatest writer to have ever lived, the press is unfortunately now looking for a wholly unfair excuse to tear her down. Without her books I know I would not be the person I am today.