Message of solidarity from the University of Manchester School of Law

We’re proud to have received this message from the University of Manchester School of Law:
As members of staff in the School of Law at the University of Manchester, we would like to congratulate you for your initiative and courage. It is crucial that visible and strong demonstrations against the government’s proposals to cut higher education funding take place in Manchester and across the country. These proposals will drive poorer students away from higher education, lead to deepening social inequalities, and erode the status of education as a good in its own right.The country will be poorer in all senses if these proposals go through. You are acting in a peaceful, justifiable and legal way to make these points, and therefore have all our support.
Please do get in touch with us if there is anything we can do further to support your action!
In solidarity,
Judith Aldridge
Amel Alghrani
Jackie Boardman
Julie Boyle
Julia Bradshaw
Iain Brassington
Rodney Brazier
Sarah Chan
Dinah Crystal
Jo Deakin
Sarah Devaney
Rilka Dragneva-Lewers
Nuno Ferreira
Claire Fox
Joanna Gilmore
Danielle Griffiths
David Gurnham
Bill Hebenton
Yenkong Ngangjoh Hodu
Imogen Jones
Deborah Jump
Theodora Kostakopoulou
William Lucy
Kimberley Marsh
Betty McGrath
Juanjo Medina
Angela Melville
Nimco Mose-Mohammed
Toby Seddon
Jon Shute
Graham Smith
Emily Smith
Jon Spencer
Samantha Weston
Lisa Williams
Alison Wilson
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9 Responses to Message of solidarity from the University of Manchester School of Law

  1. OnlyWayIsRight says:

    First off im not sure if the majority of these staff are lecturers or not? No doctorates seems a bit strange?

    My main point would be, “. These proposals will drive poorer students away from higher education”. I really dont see how, unless you’re suggesting that poorer students arent as clever and therefore their degrees arent as respectable? Sorry but with a loan everyone can afford to go to University, and the grants to “poorer” students are unaffected.

    • They are lecturers, I think they’re just choosing not to sign their name with “Dr” etc because a lot of people don’t like using titles all the time. As the person writing this, my dad has a doctorate but really dislikes seeing his name written with “Dr” preceding it. It’s fundamentally untrue that ‘with a loan everyone can afford to go to university’. Loans at the moment do not cover some of the fees charged for private accommodation (specifically certain halls) at this university. I know countless people who had to go into those halls for various reasons – they may have missed their firm choice and had to go at the last minute to their insurance choice, etc. Those people find it incredibly difficult to survive at university despite not being as poor as a lot of people who want to go to university.

    • Lorna says:

      If you compare to the list of academic staff on the school website you will see that they are academic members of staff (many with Dr or Prof before their name, if that’s important to you).

    • jamesweston31031991 says:

      The message of solidarity has been signed by a mixture of lecturers, professors, researchers, directors and administration staff within the School of Law.

      On your second point, you fail to acknowledge the fact that the loan needs to be paid back. Students from poorer backgrounds, myself being one, would be unable to pay back such a huge amount of money. Furthermore, the grants, even though they are helpful, pale into insignificance when you are talking about University debts of £30,000 -£40,000.

      The Browne Review is essentially an attempt to abolish access to further education for students from poorer backgrounds and to create an elitist, two-tier system whereby people will get educated if they have the money. To suggest that this review is ‘progressive’ is nothing short of embarrassing. To fund Higher Education, why don’t this government;

      – Stop the war in Afghanistan and cut Trident (saving £138 billion)
      – 10% tax on Britain’s richest 1,000 (raising £7.7 billion)
      – Increase top rate of tax to 60% (raising £28 billion)
      – Stopping tax evasion by the richest people/corporations (raising £123 billion)
      – Restoring Corporation Tax to an acceptable level (as in 1997) (raising £18 billion)

      Just implementing these would raise/save over £300 billion pounds, however, I don’t think my Socialist views would go down well with David and his right-wing cronies.

    • The signatories are from all parts of the law staff: there’s GTAs, research fellows, admin staff, lecturers and members of the professoriate represented. And I’ve a hunch from various conversations I’ve had that there’s several others who didn’t get the chance to sign in practice, but have done so in spirit. There was a number of teaching staff on the march last week, for example, whose names aren’t here.

  2. Tanzil says:

    haha no way! maybe I was wrong about my law school….

  3. Angela Melville says:

    I am from the Law School (one of the people who tends to not use my title), and interested in diversity within the legal profession. Research shows that cultural barriers such as concern about going into debt deter working-class students from continuing into higher education. This would suggest that deferred loans would add another barrier. As it is, the heavy financial burden of going into legal practice, especially the bar, already act to discourage working-class graduates from going into legal profession. Further debt will potentially make this problem worse.
    See: Macey-Dare, Rupert (2007) Economics of Pupillage. http://ssrn.com/abstract=967619.
    Forsyth, Alasdair and Furlong, Andy (2003) ‘Access to Higher Education and Disadvantaged Young People’, British Educational Research Journal 29(2): 205-225.

  4. Stewie says:

    With tuition fees at £3290 I leave uni after 4 years with approx. £33,000 debt. If fees were £9000 I would have approx. £56,000.

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