“Staff from the Department of English at Manchester Metropolitan University would like to express their support for the occupation of the Roscoe Building at Manchester University, and for other activities by students around the country protesting at the Coalition government’s vicious and ideologically driven demolition of publicly funded Higher Education.
We understand Higher Education to be a social good and believe the proposed increases in student fees, the drastic cuts of public funding for university teaching, the unheralded attack on the arts, humanities and social sciences funding, the ending of the EMA scheme and the closure of AimHigher constitute nothing more than vandalism. These measures strike at the very core of the enlightened principles upon which Higher Education has been built. They represent an utter abandonment of education to the demands of the marketplace. They ignore the cultural, social, personal and economic benefits that university education provides. They will be to the detriment of social mobility, and will lead to increased social exclusion and inequality.
We therefore support and congratulate all students in Greater Manchester in their resistance to these cuts.