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Prof Crossick (V-C, University of London) predicted that 75% of government grants would be taken away from all degree courses and that ultimately arts, humanities and social sciences would get no teaching funding at all.

His fears were backed by Roehampton University vice-chancellor Paul O’Prey, who is also chairman of UUK’s longer term strategy group.

He said he was worried that the higher education system was being dismantled without a clear idea of what would replace it.

“What we are doing, with the current plan to remove a very high percentage of the teaching grant and for universities to replace that with much higher fees, is introducing an economic shock that will privatise university education overnight.

It’s the combination of Browne and the spending review. We are clearly expecting him to say that the graduate contribution will go up.”

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Sussex University – where lecturers have recently balloted to strike with a record-breaking turnout – has been the scene of a growing student movement against cuts. Now management have decided to clamp down. In shocking scenes this Wednesday, they brought in riot police with dogs and tazers to attack a student protest.

They have since suspended at least 6 students, bypassing normal disciplinary procedures and barring them from campus until further notice, and taken out a high court injunction outlawing unauthorised protests on university property.

This is an outrageous attack on the right to protest. It is also an attempt to intimidate students and lecturers across the country out of taking action against the government’s education cuts. Our movement can only win if it is united, and if we do not stand behind the Sussex students we set ourselves up for being picked off one by one.

Hundreds of Sussex students have already demonstrated against this clampdown on Friday. Now, we must go back to that fundamental slogan “an injury to one is an injury to all”.  The Defend Sussex Campaign blog features an online petition in defence of the arrested and suspended students. Please sign it and circulate widely. 

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