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The Augar report

The disastrous HE tuition fee market experiment of 2011 is unravelling.

The much-trailed Tory-commissioned review into HE funding, the Augar Report, is proposing cuts in tuition fees to £7,500 but a much harder ‘hit’ on students: faster repayment schedules with a lower threshold.

In UCU Left, we have always argued for cutting tuition fees to zero, bringing back grants, and demanding that “all who may benefit can come” to university (the so-called Robbins Principle). For us, Higher Education is the gift each generation bestows on the next – access to knowledge at the highest level. Make the super-rich pay their taxes, and this is entirely feasible.

But that is not what this cut is about.

UCU General Election (GS) result marks a significant shift to the left. The election of Jo Grady as the new UCU general secretary demonstrates that …

Two years ago UCU’s Further Education Committee launched a pay campaign which broke from the industrial action campaigns of the past. We launched a series …

This is the last week that you will be able to vote for Jo McNeill in the General Secretary elections.
The election closes on Thursday 23rd May. …

Click below for an update on the USS dispute from Carlo Morelli – UCU negotiator on USS JNC.

Read the manifesto first here!
Dear colleague
The UCU General Secretary election opens TODAY and closes on May 23rd. 
This is the most important election for our union …

The power of the simple word ‘No’ cannot be over-estimated when it represents the collective will of organised workers (whether ‘by hand’ or ‘by brain’).
For …

Matt Waddup, UCU’s Head of Campaigns, has declared that he will be standing for General Secretary. He has been the main official responsible for implementing, …

Support Jo McNeill’s nomination for UCU General Secretary:

Collect signatures to support Jo’s nomination in standing for general secretary.

The signature sheets can be downloaded at UCU website here: …

An estimated one million school students struck across the globe against climate change and governments’ inaction over the environmental crisis. This unprecedented movement is gathering …