Ex-miner and Sheffield students debate Thatcher’s real legacy

Around 150 students crammed into the Revolution Coffee Bar at Sheffield University on Monday 30th September to hear John Dunn – Socialist Appeal supporter, ex-miner, and current member of Unite the Union – debate against a motion proposing that Margaret Thatcher’s time as Prime Minister was a triumph, leading to long term prosperity for British people that we should all be very grateful for today. Joe Rollin, the local organiser of the South Yorkshire Unite Read more…

Marxist Student Federation off to a flying start

The Marxist Student Federation is a new organisation for revolutionary students. Members of Socialist Appeal have taken the decision to launch this national platform for Marxist ideas in the student movement because it is clear that there is both a need and a thirst for Marxist ideas in the movement. The response we have received at the freshers fairs with the numbers signing up and coming to our opening meetings has been phenomenal. We have Read more…

The Privatised Life of a Student

  by Guy Howie, UCLU Marxists Students coming to London this year face an unprecedented attack on their education. Ever since the Tories and Liberals trebled fees to £9,000 in 2010, we have seen university funding continually rolled back and the costs of student living soar. For London students in 2013 the cut-backs have reached a critical point. At UCL, the “Bloomsbury Masterplan” – a £500 million sell-off of many of the university’s assets – Read more…

Edinburgh Marxists make a great start to the year

The interest in Marxism appears to be on the rise in Edinburgh after a successful meeting, hosted by the Edinburgh University Marxist Society last week. Up to 50 young students attended the first meeting of the society entitled ‘An introduction to Marxism’ where Socialist Appeal supporter, Adam Booth introduced the key elements of Marxist theory and explained why they are still highly significant today. This came after the society had collected details of over 130 Read more…

For a Fighting NUS!

The Marxist Student Federation demand that the NUS: 1. Oppose all cuts to education 2. Oppose all fees and actively campaign for free education for all 3. Campaign for a massive programme of investment in education 4. Campaign for an expansion of student services so that everyone can study 5. Campaign for the abolition of student debt 6. Campaign for the introduction of a living grant for students 7. Oppose obscenely high pay for University Read more…

Student activism and the role of Marxists

  by Adam Booth (10th April 2013) It has been a busy period within student politics over the past few months as students from across the political spectrum have campaigned for positions within student unions, culminating in the NUS conference this week. In some areas, left-wing candidates have been victorious; in other places, more right-wing candidates have won (often under the banner of being “politically neutral” or “apolitical”). These campaigns provide a decent backdrop for the Read more…

What attitude should revolutionary students have towards the NUS?

  by Daniel Morley (25th March 2013) In November 2010, the new Tory government was greeted by the largest and most militant student movement for decades. At the time, a brief wave of euphoria spread through the activist movement. The birth of a new generation of radicals had arrived. That prognosis was not wrong. The consciousness of young people has changed dramatically, as shown by the growing interest in the Marxist societies that Socialist Appeal supporters have Read more…