Glasgow students reject the “alt-right”

  The Glasgow University Rector elections attracted media attention this year, with the nomination of “alt-right” personality Milo Yiannopoulos. The racist, sexist, transphobic and all-things-reactionary Trump supporter drew criticism as he casually insulted students, staff and called for the Muslim society to be banned. In spite of endorsing this ban and his campaign ripping down Read more about Glasgow students reject the “alt-right”[…]

Should we ban the Sun from university campuses?

Last term Queen Mary Student Union banned the university shop from selling copies of the Sun newspaper, which is fair enough because the Sun is a sexist, racist, homophobic, anti-working class rag. But this ban was voted through by a small meeting of the student union council, without much publicity or explanation for the wider Read more about Should we ban the Sun from university campuses?[…]

Marxist student stands for KCLSU vice-president postgraduate

Voting has now begun for elections to the Kings College London Student Union (KCLSU) sabbatical positions. Joe Attard, President of the KCL Marxist Society, is standing for the position of vice president for postgraduate students on a political and socialist platform. Here’s Joe’s manifesto. Postgrads and workers: unite and fight! A vote for Joe is a vote Read more about Marxist student stands for KCLSU vice-president postgraduate[…]

Beyond political neutrality: the fight for revolution in Brazil

The article below is a translation of an article that originally appeared on the website of the Brazilian Marxists – Esquerda Marxista It’s already 2017. But June 2013 was a landmark in the debates about what the involvement of a young person in politics should be. When we say ‘young person’, we mean it in Read more about Beyond political neutrality: the fight for revolution in Brazil[…]

Capitalism is squeezing international students in the UK

£24,000. This is how much you may be required to pay for one year of university education in the UK if you’re international student. Exorbitant tuition fees are a symptom of what has been done to universities over the past 30 years. Institutions of higher education, once considered to be sacrosanct temples of knowledge, gradually Read more about Capitalism is squeezing international students in the UK[…]

Elections and boycotts at Leeds University Union

The morning of February 17th 2017 saw two headlines concerning the Leeds University Union executive (LUU exec) in the local student press. The first bemoaned the year on year decline in turnout for the elections that see students run for sabbatical positions as union officers in the LUU exec (http://www.thegryphon.co.uk/2017/02/17/leadership-race-turnout-decreases/). This comes at the end Read more about Elections and boycotts at Leeds University Union[…]

What did we learn from last term’s occupation at Warwick?

  In early December last year at Warwick University, a group of student activists cut through the winter lethargy with an occupation of the Slate, a newly-built £5.3m conference building. Organised by the student activist group Warwick for Free Education, the occupation pushed for three demands to be met by the university’s management. The first Read more about What did we learn from last term’s occupation at Warwick?[…]

Rent strikes: what are they and why are they important?

In the past year, the Rent Strike Collective has gained momentum and popularity across the UK, with even the NUS supporting student rent strikes, along with the Radical Housing Network. The group organised a “weekender” in September 2016 to train new students in how to organise a rent strike, gain media attention, and other topical Read more about Rent strikes: what are they and why are they important?[…]

Unison members vote unanimously for KCL strike

The Marxist Student Federation offers its solidarity with Unison comrades at King’s College London, who have just voted overwhelmingly for strike action against their private-sector employers, Servest. Much of the university’s non-academic workforce has been privatised and sold off to parasitical firms like Servest, who abuse their workforces with impunity and are subject to zero Read more about Unison members vote unanimously for KCL strike[…]

Sabotage, racism and walkouts – NUS needs to take radical action

The National Union of Students (NUS) is sharply divided. The election of Malia Bouattia as NUS President at the last national conference of the union was heralded as a victory for the “Left”. The NUS has since held a joint demo with the UCU union and come out in support of rent strikes. But those Read more about Sabotage, racism and walkouts – NUS needs to take radical action[…]

Flares and fighting spirit at UCL demo against TEF

  A demo was held at UCL on Tuesday to protest the government’s impending Higher Education reforms. Under the slogan “Grants not debt”, a group of students, union officials, and activists voiced their discontent across the campus with the direction in which our university system is heading. The ‘Teaching Excellence Framework’ (TEF) was the main Read more about Flares and fighting spirit at UCL demo against TEF[…]

Durham: Fighting the Right after the NUS delegate elections

  Recent elections at Durham University resulted in a victory for Tom Harwood, a radical right-winger, as one of four delegates to NUS Conference next year. His campaign was built on parodying and mocking the politics of the Left, describing them as “irrelevant, grandstanding, self-aggrandizing, self-defeating” and pledging to singlehandedly bring down the Tory Government, Read more about Durham: Fighting the Right after the NUS delegate elections[…]