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Students’ Union campaign TEF OFF launched against rising tuition fees and debt

The Students’ Union has launched its’ latest campaign against rising tuition fees under the Higher Education Bill and the implementation of the Teaching Excellence Framework, TEF, linking excellence teaching to higher fees, determined by inaccurate metrics. 

The TEF plans to used metrics such as graduate employment data and National Student Survey, NSS, results to determine which universities can charge even higher fees and which universities, if they fail to meet these metrics will be forced to close. 

This means students that rate their institutions high in NSS scores will be helping to permit higher tuition fees for future students. 

Annie, the Students' Union President has voiced her opinion on the implications of TEF:

“As voted by students we have a policy for a free and public university education system and these plans only add to the marketisation of universities where knowledge has more and more of a monetary value and leaves students in more and more debt for years to come”. 

Furthermore the University watchdog has recently confirmed that universities can charge tuition fees of up to £9250 a year for new and continuing students, one of the first steps towards continued fee increases.

This campaign is part of a national effort supported by the National Union of Students, NUS, to mobilise students against the government attacks on education as a public good. 

As a national and united response to these attacks, a national demo ‘United for Education” on November 19th in London has been called and the Students’ Union will be organising transport for students and staff to take part. 

To learn more, check out this video about the Higher Education Bill and TEF.

Get involved with the TEF OFF campaign; contact Annie at president@sussexstudent.com, come find us at Freshers’ Fair and check out the website for more information

TEF OFF Campaign meetings Friday at midday
Next meeting Friday 23rd September at Midday in Mandela Hall
Volunteers invited to campaign induction/training Tuesday 20th and Wednesday 21st at 1pm in the committee room. 
 


 

 

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