The new University of York Students’ Union President (YUSU), Kallum Taylor, has said that YUSU will “lead the way” at a national demonstration in November against changes to higher education, asking students to “come along, get involved, and join our national stand for education.”
The National Union of Students (NUS) announced plans for a demonstration last week at their National Conference.
YUSU were criticised last November for showing a lack of support for a similar protest in November last year.
In a passionate message to Nouse, Taylor, who replaced Tim Ellis as YUSU President on Monday, revealed exclusively that he will back the protest “to the hilt.”
He added: “It’s the right time, and about time, that we made an active stance on our own accord and agenda.”
YUSU decided to not financially subsidise coaches travelling to the London march last year after it was “agreed that putting large amounts of money and support into the demonstration would not be a valuable use of Union resources.”
Asked whether YUSU will give financial support to this year’s demonstration, Taylor said: “Nothing has yet been discussed. We’ll have a better idea of this come early next term.”
Students beginning their degrees at York in October will be the first to pay £9000 fees.
Taylor said that the trebling of fees risks “deterring able-minded people away from further and higher education,” or making their time during it “a damn hard struggle.”
He said that those not concerned by the “national picture” should look at what is happening here at York, where changes such as “the scary rise in rent” and “the horrifying state of some of our halls” are, he claimed, related to recent changes to higher education.
The NUS announced plans for a demonstration at their National Conference on the 27th June.
Liam Burns, NUS President, said that education was being “systematically attacked across the board by the coalition,” and that with youth unemployment at a record high, students have “a lot to be angry about.”
He called on students to march in London on 21st November to start “setting the agenda.”