On the 7thof September the Royal Holloway Anti-Cuts Alliance (RHACA) descended upon the Windsor building in protest, interrupting the Universities UK annual conference, which was attended by Vince Cable MP.
The RHACA were protesting the government’s white paper entitled ‘Student’s at the Heart of the System’, which seeks to put education by both public and private sector providers on a ‘level playing field’. This would effectively allow for the introduction of privatisation within higher education.
The RHACA wrote on their blog: ‘After chanting, banner drops and being told they weren’t recognized by the organisers, activists were met by an embarrassed RHUL management. Discussions took place about the absence of students from decision making processes and a lack of consultation over major issues.’
This protest comes ahead of November’s planned ‘Defend Education, Fight Privatisation’ protest, organised by the National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts.
More information about the Royal Holloway anti-cuts movement can be found at http://rhacc.wordpress.com/.