Letter

An act that Labour must repeal to save higher education

(published in The Guardian 12 May)

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We commend the Labour Party for calling for the end of the current £9,000 student tuition fee-and-loans regime – for HE and FE.

High tuition fees have been catastrophic for social mobility. They triggered a collapse in part-time study and cut late returners to Higher Education. It is nonsense to claim that the fee regime is ‘progressive’.

They are also, paradoxically, more expensive than the previous £3,000 fee. In 2014 the Guardian reported the Treasury admitting that the rate of student debt write-off was predicted to ultimately be over 45%.

The high fee was designed for one purpose: to make HE privatisation profitable. David Willets introduced the fee as part of a package of measures: the partial abolition of the ‘block grant’, removal of caps on student numbers, and now – with the appalling Higher Education and Research Act (HE Act) and Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) – the effective deregulation of the sector. The Conservative aim, outlined in their own Green and White Papers, is to allow companies with little or no track record in education to set up private universities, paid for by the taxpayer through fees and loans, offer ‘degrees’ without oversight, and – if it all goes wrong – shut up shop abandoning students to their fate.

We commend Labour for demanding an end to the tuition fee regime, but we call on them to go further. If the Party is serious about rescuing HE in the UK it must commit to repealing the HE Act, and support the reintroduction of rigorous academic standards in the sector.

Yours sincerely,

Sean Wallis, University College London, UCL UCU VP, UCU National Executive Committee (NEC) member, and joint editor of the Alternative White Paper for Higher Education (AWP)
Prof John Holmwood, University of Nottingham, Campaign for the Public University (CPU), AWP joint editor
Rachel Cohen, City, University of London, UCU NEC, AWP joint editor
Tom Hickey, University of Brighton, Council for the Defence of British Universities (CDBU), AWP joint editor
Lee Jones, Queen Mary University of London, CPU
Prof Des Freedman, Goldsmiths University of London, UCU Branch Secretary
Malia Bouattia, NUS President 2016-17
Bruce Heil, Open University, UCU NEC
Patricia McManus, University of Brighton, UCU NEC
Chris Jones, Neath Port Talbot Group, UCU NEC, vice chair UCU Wales
Xanthe Whittaker, University of Leeds, UCU NEC
Sue Abbott, University of Newcastle, UCU NEC
Julia Charlton, Northumbria University, UCU NEC, Senior Lecturer, UCU NEC member and Branch Chair
Julie Hearn, Lancaster University, UCU NEC
Elizabeth Lawrence, Immediate Past President, UCU
David Muritu, Sandwell College, UCU NEC
Paul Errington, Teesside University, UCU NEC
Jo McNeill, University of Liverpool, President, University of Liverpool UCU, and UCU NEC
Marion Hersh, University of Glasgow, UCU NEC
Carlo Morelli, Dundee University, Senior Lecturer, UCU NEC
Lesley McGorrigan, University of Leeds, UCU NEC
Mandy Brown, Lambeth College,  UCU London Regional Secretary, UCU NEC
Sean Vernell, City and Islington College, UCU NEC
John Murphy, Blackburn College, UCU branch vice chair, UCU NEC
Margot Hill, Croydon Gollege, UCU NEC
Christina Paine, London Metropolitan University, UCU Coordinating Committee, UCU NEC elect
Lesley Kane, Open University, UCU NEC elect
Richard McEwan, Tower Hamlets College, UCU FE national negotiator
Nita Sanghera, Bournville College, UCU NEC elect
Rhiannon Lockley, Halesowen College, UCU West Midlands Chair, UCU NEC elect
Pete Bicknell, Lewisham Southwark College, UCU Committee member
James Cranch, University of Sheffield, Teaching Fellow
Jamie Melrose, University of Bristol, UCU Branch Secretary
Stewart Smyth, University of Sheffield
Keith Simpson, City, University of London, UCU Branch Vice President
Michael Carley, University of Bath, Senior Lecturer/UCU Branch President
Jon Fanning, University of York, Lecturer in Strategy
Will Davies, Goldsmiths, Reader in Political Economy
Julia Lockheart, University of Wales Trinity St David, Head of Historical and Contextual Studies
Vivian Latinwo-Olajide, University of Leicester
Richard Hull, Goldsmiths, University of London, Lecturer in Social Entrepreneurship
Chris Cocking, University of Brighton, Senior Lecturer
Sian Prime, Goldsmiths, University of London, Lecturer
Andrew Fisher, Goldsmiths, University of London, Lecturer in Visual Cultures
Matthew Crowley, University of Brighton, Associate Lecturer
Jonathan Gilhooly, University of Brighton, UCU
Ryan Southall, University of Brighton, Senior lecturer
Cathy Bergin, University of Brighton, UCU
Prof Peter Squires, University of Brighton
Prof Caroline Knowles, Goldsmiths, University of London,
Philippa Burt, Goldsmiths, University of London
Deborah Madden, University of Brighton, Principal Lecturer
Martin Andersen, University of Brighton, Senior Lecturer (Year Co-ordinator)
Khizer Saeed, University of Brighton, UCU Branch Secretary
Gloria Whittaker, University of Brighton, UCU member
John Wadsworth, Goldsmiths, University of London, Senior Lecturer
Toby Austin Locke, Goldsmiths University of London,
Prof Evelyn Ruppert, Goldsmiths University of London
Sara Farris, Goldsmiths, University of London, Senior Lecturer
René Pinkham, University of Brighton, I.T. Systems Adminstrator
Mark Abel, University of Brighton, Chair, UCU Coordinating Committee
Michael Mills, University of Kent, Lecturer in Criminology
Richard Smith, Goldsmiths University of London, Senior Lecturer
Thomas Zacharias, Goldsmiths University of London, Lecturer
Jim Cooke, University of Brighton, Senior Lecturer/UCU Member
Tony J Benn, University of Brighton, Senior Lecturer
Sheila Cullen, University of Brighton, Secretary of UCU Coordinating Committee
Ioannis Tsioulakis, Queen’s University Belfast, Lecturer in Anthropology, UCU at QUB Assistant Secretary
Jill Westwood, Goldsmiths, University of London, Lecturer
Lindsey German, University of Hertfordshire
Paul Hammond, University of Brighton, Maths Tutor
Paul Rothwell, University of Brighton
Aris Mousoutzanis, University of Brighton, Senior Lecturer in Film and Screen Studies
Marina Vishmidt, Goldsmiths University of London, UCU Departmental Rep
Feyzi Ismail, SOAS, University of London, Senior Teaching Fellow
Suhail Malik, Goldsmiths, University of London, Reader in Critical Studies
Judith Watson, University of Brighton, Senior Research Fellow
Jane Coles, UCL Institute of Education, UCU branch committee
Michael Klontzas, University of Huddersfield, Senior Lecturer
Gary Riley-Jones, Goldsmiths, University of London, Membership Secretary
Bob Smale, University of Brighton, Senior Lecturer
Eric Tyrer, University of Brighton, UCU member
Mark Pendleton, The University of Sheffield, Lecturer in Japanese Studies
Simon Boxley, University of Winchester, Senior lecturer / UCU branch secretary
Alon Lischinsky, Oxford Brookes University, Senior Lecturer / UCU Faculty representative
Gary Hicks, University of Brighton, Senior Lecturer
Stuart Cartland, University of Brighton
Theodore Koulouris, University of Brighton, Lecturer
Sue Mew, Middlesex University, UCU Branch Chair
Matthew Knowles, University of Leicester, Lecturer
Prof Natalie Fenton, Goldsmiths, University of London
Graham Kirkwood, Newcastle University, Senior Research Associate
Mary Claire Halvorson, Goldsmiths University of London, UCU member
Karen Evans, University of Liverpool, Branch Committee
Maria Pentaraki, Queen’s University Belfast, Lecturer in Social Work
Peter Dwyer, Ruskin College, Oxford, UCU Branch Treasurer
Nicolas Vass, University of Leicester
Gilliane Williams, University of Brighton, Senior Lecturer in Law
Carl Walker, University of Brighton, Principal Lecturer
Robin Clarke, University of Leicester, Distance Learning Academic Manager
Paul Russell, Yorkshire and Humberside Retired Members, Branch Chair
Prof Fergus Nicol, London Metropolitan University, UCU Coordinating Committee
Neda Genova, Goldsmiths, University of London, UCU member
David Hardman, London Metropolitan University, Former Senior Lecturer / Former UCU Branch Secretary
Naomi Wood, Goldsmiths College, University of London, Lecturer
Nadia Edmond, University of Brighton, Principal Lecturer/UCU Branch Chair
Lyn Pemberton, University of Brighton, Reader
Prof Janis Jefferies, Goldsmiths, University of London, Professor of Visual Arts
Colette Ridehalgh, University of Brighton, Senior Lecturer
Lee Humber, Ruskin College, Oxford
Ed Rooksby, Ruskin College, Oxford, Tutor in Politics
Ai-Ling Lai, University of Leicester, Lecturer
Richard MacDonald, Goldsmiths, University of London
David Neary, Liverpool Hope University
Louise Chambers, Goldsmiths College, University of London
Gareth Brown, University of Leicester, UCU Branch Co-secretary
Prof Bob Carter, University of Leicester, Professor of Work and Employment Relations
Michael McGowan, Hackney Community College, UCU member
James Cole, University of Brighton, Senior Lecturer
Prof Philip Marfleet, University of East London
David Rhoden, University of Brighton, member
Prof Bob Brecher, University of Brighton, Professor of Moral Philosophy
Lucy Hanson, Liverpool Hope University
Rose Devereux, Liverpool Hope, Universities Partnership Manager
Gholam Khiabany, Goldsmiths, UCU member
Alistair Jewell, Liverpool Hope University
Steve Corbett, Liverpool Hope University
Bob Jeffery, Sheffield Hallam University, Senior Lecturer in Sociology
Milly Williamson, Brunel University, Equalities Officer
Joanna Kellond, University of Brighton, Lecturer in Humanities
Prof Victoria Goddard, Goldsmiths University of London, UCU member
Prof Raphael Salkie, University of Brighton, Professor of Language Studies
John David Jordan, Liverpool Hope University, UCU member
Owen Logan, University of Aberdeen, Researcher
Liz Morrish, Independent scholar
Dominic Alexander, Barnet and Southgate College
Prof Martin Parker, University of Leicester
Peter Fletcher, Keele University
Anthony Leaker, University of Brighton
Eugene Michail, University of Brighton, Senior Lecturer in Contemporary History
Roy Webster, University of Brighton, IT Systems Engineer
Claire English, University of Leicester
Prof Tony Dowmunt, Goldsmiths, University of London
Alison Jones,  Goldsmiths, University of London
Siân Adiseshiah, University of Lincoln,  Reader in English and Drama
Colin Veach, University of Hull, Lecturer in Medieval History
Rolland Munro, University of Leicester, Professor of Philosophy of Organisation
Toby Lovat, University of Brighton, Lecturer
Cristian Serdean, De Montfort University, Senior Lecturer, UCU Branch Secretray
Adam Mars-Jones, Goldsmiths, Research Professor in Creative Writing
Andy Fugard, University College London, Lecturer and UCL UCU Exec Committee
Anthony Faramelli, Kingston University, Associate Lecturer
Rupert Waldron, University of the Arts London, International Academic Coordinator, UCU LCF Chair
Allister Mactaggart, Chesterfield College, UCU Branch Chair
Anthony Sullivan, London College of Fashion, The University of The Arts London, Senior Lecturer in Cultural and Historical Studies
Martin Fry, University College London, UCU committee member
Saladin Meckled-Garcia, University College London, Senior Lecturer and UCU Branch President
Will Stronge, University of Chichester, Associate Lecturer
Rich Moth, Liverpool Hope University, Senior Lecturer in Social Work
Prof Judith Suissa, Institute of Education, UCL, UCU committee member
Mariam Motamedi Fraser, Goldsmiths, Reader
Janice Malcolm, University of Kent, Reader in Higher Education
Umit Yildiz, Edge Hill University
Prof Richard Hall, De Montfort University
Susan McManus, Queen’s University Belfast, Lecturer in Political Theory
Prof Michael Lavalette, Liverpool Hope University
Holly Smith, Institute of Education, UCL, UCU committee member
John Yandell, Institute of Education, UCL, UCU Branch Secretary
Laura Penketh, Liverpool Hope University, Senior Lecturer
Maria Daskalaki, Kingston University, Associate Professor
Sue Hawkins, Kingston University, Senior Lecturer
Julian Wells, Kingston University, Principal Lecturer in Economics/Kingston University UCU branch committee
Sarah James, University College London, Lecturer
Chris Satow, Kingston University, Lecturer in Physical Geography
Mike Roberts, Kingston University, Director of Studies/UCU Chair (retired member)
Prof Iain Munro, Newcastle University
Pamela Murphy, Kingston University, Senior Lecturer
David Harvie, University of Leicester, Associate Professor of Finance and Political Economy
Richard Clayton, University of Brighton
Cheryl Francis, University of Brighton, Assistant Information Adviser
Paul Dixon, Kingston University, Professor of Politics and International Studies
Prof Peter Hallward, Kingston University, Professor of Philosophy
Ewa Karwowski, Kingston University, London, Lecturer in Economics
Steve Vincent, Newcastle University, Chair of Work and Organisation
Prof Eric Alliez, Kingston University
Steph Lawler, University of York, Reader in Sociology
Andy Higginbottom, Kingston University, Associate Professor/ UCU Branch Chair
Tracy Ramsey, Liverpool Hope University, Professional Tutor
Rachel Payne, Oxford Brookes University, Senior Lecturer in Education/ UCU member
Nigel Ling, Kingston University
Tracy Ramsey, Liverpool Hope University, Professional Tutor
Joao Florencio, University of Exeter, Lecturer in Art History and Visual Culture / UCU LGBT Members Standing Committee
Stephen Linstead, University of York, Professor of Critical Management
Lynne Brown, Goldsmiths, London University, Convenor and associate tutor
Steph Allen, Bournemouth University, Branch Secretary
Yaiza Hernández Velázquez, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, Lecturer
Adam Unwin, Institute of Education, UCL, Senior Lecturer
Jacqueline Rattray, Goldsmiths, Lecturer
Lucy Steeds, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, Senior Research Fellow
Ciara Doyle, University of Greenwich
Elizabeth Fern, Liverpool Hope University
Sally Ruane, De Montfort University
Prof Malcolm Povey, University of Leeds, Professor of Food Physics
Lesley Catchpowle, University of Greenwich
Beverley Clack, Oxford Brookes University, Professor in Philosophy of Religion
Lara Montesinos Coleman, University of Sussex, Senior Lecturer in International Relations and International Development
Vik Loveday, Goldsmiths, University of London, Lecturer
Marian Mayer, Bournemouth University, Senior Lecturer in Learning Development, Vice Chair Bournemouth University UCU
Paul Robert Gilbert, University of Brighton, Lecturer in Human Geography
Tassia Kobylinska, Goldsmiths, Lecturer
Siobhan Keaney, University of Brighton
Kate Hardy, University of Leeds, Associate Professor
Claudia Prestel, University of Leicester, Associate Professor in History
Dee MacDonald, University of Brighton, Research Fellow
Peta Bulmer, University of Liverpool, Honorary Research Fellow
Eleanor Wilkinson, University of Southampton, Lecturer
Ros Barber, Goldsmiths, University of London; University of Sussex, Lecturer in English and Creative Writing
Saira Weiner, Liverpool John Moores University, Senior Lecturer, UCU Branch Secretary
Deirdre O’Sullivan, Leicester University, Lecturer in Medieval Archaeology
Bee Hughes, Liverpool John Moores University, Assistant Lecturer
Prof Steve Keen, Kingston University London
Andrew Greenhalgh-Cook, University of Nottingham, Assistant Professor in Urban Geography
Prof Ralph Darlington, University of Salford
Monica Moreno Figueroa, University of Cambridge, Lecturer in Sociology
Remi Joseph-Salisbury, Leeds Beckett University, Senior Lecturer in Education Studies
Prof Mica Nava, University of East London, Professor of Cultural Studies (retd)
Timo Lehtonen, University of Brighton, Course Leader, Fine Art Printmaking
Chris Watson, University of Brighton, Senior Lecturer
Simon Choat, Kingston University, UCU branch membership secretary
Prof Frank Krause, Goldsmiths, University of London
Lisa Long, Leeds Beckett University, Senior Lecturer in Criminology
Peter Chalk, University of Hertfordshire, Learning and Teaching Specialist
Prof Jim Newell, University of Salford, Professor of Politics
Elke Weik, University of Leicester, Senior Lecturer
Angie McConnell, Open University, Lecturer in Mathematics Education, UCU Trustee
Ioannis Gioukas, University of Warwick, PT Teacher
Steven Markham, Leeds Beckett University, Lecturer
Prof Maggie Humm, University of East London
Bruce Baker, University of Newcastle, UCU Branch Vice President
Deac Rossell, Goldsmiths, University of London, Lecturer in European Studies
Nick Swarbrick, Oxford Brookes University, Principal Lecturer
Alan Harrison, Brunel University, Lecturer (retd.), Former AUT branch chair
Eda Ulus, University of Leicester, Lecturer, UCU Member
Andrew Branch, University of East London, Senior Lecturer
John Douglas Millar, University of the Arts London, Associate Lecturer
Laura Connelly, University of Salford, Lecturer in Criminology
Sadie Murdoch, Goldsmiths College, Lecturer MFA Fine Art
Jo Pike, Leeds Beckett University, Senior Lecturer
Laura Cull Ó Maoilearca, University of Surrey, Reader in Theatre and Performance
Becky Parry, University of Nottingham, Associate Professor
Rachel Hann, University of Surrey, Lecturer in Scenography
Kenny Jenkins, Leeds Beckett University, Course Leader, Music Production & Performance
Joanne Lee, Sheffield Hallam University, Senior Lecturer
Neil Chapman, Falmouth University, Senior Lecturer
Prof Janice McLaughlin, Newcastle University, Professor of Sociology
Alan Roe, University of Leeds, Teaching Fellow
Prof Derek Horton, Birmingham City University, Visiting Professor
Winsome Pinnock, Kingston University, Associate Professor
Alan Spence, Independent Scholar
Jane Desmarais, Goldsmiths, University of London, Senior Lecturer
Leila Galloway, De Montfort University, Senior Lecturer
Danica Maier, Nottingham Trent University, Senior Lecturer
Alison Twells, Sheffield Hallam University, Reader in History
Prof Hilary Robinson, Middlesex University, Professor of Visual Culture, UCU member
Mehmet Ali Dikerdem, Middlesex University, Associate Professor, UCU member
Brendan Prendeville, Goldsmiths, Senior Lecturer, Visual Culture
Helen Goworek, University of Leicester, Lecturer
Alexandra Kokoli, Middlesex University, Senior Lecturer
Carran Waterfield, University of Manchester, Honorary Research Fellow
Hannah Yelin, Oxford Brookes University, Lecturer
Heather Connelly, Birmingham City University, Research Fellow
Roxane Permar, University of the Highlands and Islands, Reader
Gwyneth Lonergan, University of Sheffield, Research Assistant
Jo Ingold, University of Leeds, Lecturer in HRM & Public Policy
Aurelien Mondon, University of Bath, Senior Lecturer
Ceiren Bell, Goldsmiths, University of London, Lecturer
Daniel Pryde-Jarman, Hereford College of Arts, Course Leader
Prof Lynne Segal, Birkbeck, University of London
Elena Boschi, Edge Hill University, Lecturer in Film and Television Studies
Ian Crosson, Tower Hamlets College, Lecturer, UCU Membership Secretary, Poplar
Prof Deborah Sugg Ryan, University of Portsmouth, Associate Dean (Research)
Janneke Adema, Coventry University, Research Fellow
Bill Roberts, University of Warwick, Teaching Fellow in History of Art
Claire-Louise Launchbury, Institute of Modern Languages Research, University of London, Research Fellow
Terry Clarke, Offender Learning, Teacher
Andrew Thacker, Nottingham Trent University, Professor of English Literature
Gayle Letherby, Plymouth University, Honorary Professor
Philippa Maslin, Royal Holloway, University of London, Ph.D. student and Visiting Tutor
Prof Jonathan M Woodham, University of Brighton, Professor of Design History (retd.)
Koshka Duff, King’s College London, Graduate Teaching Assistant
Anya Lewin, Plymouth University, Reader in Art and Moving Image
Patrick Duggan, Uni of Surrey, Senior Lecturer
Jasna Balorda, Liverpool Hope University, Lecturer in Sociology
Jo Littler, City, University of London, Reader
Settimio Fiorenzo Palermo, Middlesex University, Lecturer in Music
Greg Michael, Queen Mary University of London, Senior Lecture
Lucy Bradnock, University of Nottingham, Lecturer
Mike Finn, University of Warwick, UCU Branch Secretary
Anthony Luvera, Coventry University, Principal Lecturer / Course Director, Photography
Jonathan Kemp, Birkbeck, Associate Lecturer
Helen Malson, University of the West of England, Associate Professor of Social Psychology
Susan Diab, University of Brighton, Senior Lecturer
William Large, University of Gloucestershire, Reader in Continental Philosophy
Chris Fremantle, Gray’s School of Art, Senior Research Fellow, Scottish Artists Union Exec (2006-16)
Louise Livesey, University of Gloucestershire, Senior Lecturer in Criminology
Daniel C. Blight, University of Brighton, Lecturer
Rachel O’Neill, University of York, Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Judith A Stewart, Norwich University of the Arts, Lecturer
Maura Dooley, Goldsmiths, Reader
Tom Bunyard, University of Brighton, Senior Lecturer
Clinton Ingrams, De Montfort University, Leicester, Senior Lecturer, UCU Branch Treasurer
Jo Grady, University of Leicester, Lecturer
Prof Ilaria Favretto, Kingston University
Andrew Bracey, University of Lincoln, Senior Lecturer in Fine Art
Majid KhosraviNik, Newcastle University, Lecturer in Media and Discourse Studies
Daniel Ozarow, Middlesex University, London, UCU Branch Vice Chair
Vicky Margree, University of Brighton, Principal Lecturer
Ulrike Marx, University of Leicester
Sally Kindberg, Author and workshop facilitator, author
Prof Miles Larmer, University of Oxford, Professor of African History
Christopher Kul-Want, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts, London, Course Leader
Gail Frampton, University Campus Oldham, Senior Lecturer
Daniel Rubinstein, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts, London, Course Leader MA Photography
Cath Matthews, University of Brighton, Senior Lecturer
David Bailey, University of Birmingham, Senior Lecturer and UCU Branch Secretary
Thomas Sharp, Oxford Brookes University, Associate Lecturer in History
Prof Annabelle Sreberny, SOAS University of London (retd.)
Tucker MacNeill, University of Brighton
Lucie Mercier, CRMEP, Kingston University
Lesley Tipler, University of Brighton, Assistant Librarian
David White, University of Birmingham, Lecturer
Prof Luke March, University of Edinburgh, Professor of Politics
Tom Gillespie, University of Manchester, Lecturer in International Development
Dallas Seitz, London College of Communication, University of the Arts, London, Senior Lecturer
Mark Newman, Institute of Education, UCL, Reader in Education
Tom Tobia, Sheffield Hallam University, Senior Lecturer Graphic Design
Melanie Levick-Parkin, Sheffield Hallam University, Senior Lecturer in Visual Communication
Matthew Cole, University of Leeds, Researcher
Prof Simon Morris, Leeds Beckett University, Professor of Art
Liam Clegg, University of York, Lecturer
Justin Cruickshank, University of Birmingham, Senior Lecturer in Sociology
Serkan Delice, London College of Fashion, University of the Arts, London, Lecturer
Prof Andreas Bieler, University of Nottingham, Professor of Political Economy
Lewis Jones, London Metropolitan University, Senior Lecturer in Music and Technology
Andrea Rehberg, Newcastle University, Lecturer
Sarah Holloway, University of Brighton, Academic Support Worker
Emma Boyland, University of Liverpool, Lecturer
Rachel Garfield, University of Reading, Associate Professor
John Coleman, London Metropolitan University, Senior Lecturer
Brian McDonough, London Metropolitan University, Senior Lecturer in Sociology
Roberto Mozzachiodi, Goldsmiths College, PhD candidate
Jordan McKenzie, University of the Arts, London, Lecturer
Stephen Bates, University of Birmingham, Senior Lecturer
Roman Vasseur, Kingston University, Senior Lecturer, Fine Art
Marion Oveson, University of Sheffield, PhD researcher
Pil and Galia Kollectiv, University of Reading, Lecturers
Marco Paoli, University of Liverpool
Carole Maddern, Goldsmiths, University of London, Lecturer in English
Rose Butler, Sheffield Hallam University, Senior Lecturer
Adam Fishwick, De Montfort University, Leicester, Senior Lecturer
Ros Williams, University of Sheffield, Research Fellow
Joseph Ronan, University of Brighton, Lecturer
Monica Mottin, London Metropolitan University, UCU coordinating committee
Francis Farrell, Edge Hill University, Senior Lecturer
Anthony Hopewell, Falmouth University, Associate Lecturer
Adam Fishwick, De Montfort University, Senior Lecturer
James Cussens, University of York, Senior Lecturer, UCU Branch Secretary
Mark Jackson, Northumbria University, Senior Lecturer
Jasmine Shadrack, The University of Northampton, Senior Lecturer
Alan Southern, University of Liverpool, worker
Frazer hudson, Sheffield Institute of Arts, Senior Lecturer
Lena Wanggren, University of Edinburgh, UCU Vice President
Tish Naughton, University of Bradford, UCU committee
Sue Breakell, University of Brighton, Senior Research Fellow
Katherine Baxter, Northumbria University, Reader in English Literature
Isabelle Hertner, King’s College London, Lecturer
Maryclare Foa, University of the Arts, London, Associate lecturer
Keith Potter, Goldsmiths, University of London, Reader in Music
Marijn Nieuwenhuis, University of Warwick, Teaching Fellow in International Relations
Aisling O’Beirn, Ulster University, Lecturer Fine Art
Willow Verkerk, CRMEP, Kingston University, Lecturer
Joanne N Smith Finley, Newcastle University, Senior Lecturer, Chinese Studies
Nicholas Pyall, London Metropolitan University, Course Leader/Senior Lecturer
Richard Brett, Goldsmiths, University of London
Lisa Tilley, University of Warwick, Research Fellow
Will Jackson, Liverpool John Moores University, Lecturer, UCU committee
Emily Rosamond, Arts University Bournemouth, Lecturer in Fine Art Theory
Philippa Roddis, University of Leeds, PhD candidate
Louisa Chambers, Nottingham Trent University, Lecturer
Alberto Toscano, Goldsmiths, University of London, Reader in Critical Theory
Jean Crocker, Teesside University, UCU member on zero hours contract
Prof Peter Hampson, Blackfriars, Oxford, Research Fellow/Emeritus Professor
Cristina Flesher Fominaya, University of Aberdeen, Senior Lecturer
Geraldine Thorpe, London Metropolitan University (retd.)
Nat Queen, University of Birmingham, Lecturer
Claire Hooper, University of the Arts, London, Associate Lecturer in Fine Art
Prof Heiko Balzter, University of Leicester
Graham Jeffery, University of the West of Scotland, Reader in Music and Performance
Susan Kelly, Goldsmiths, University of London, Senior Lecturer Fine Art Critical Studies
Nikki Hayfield, University of the West of England, Senior Lecturer in Social Psychology
Sally Mould, London Metropoltan University, Lecturer in Digital Media
Kerstin Hacker, Anglia Ruskin University, Senior Lecturer and Course Leader in Photography
Leon Sealey-Huggins, University of Warwick,
Carleigh Morgan, King’s College London, PhD Student and US Fulbright Scholar
Annie Morris, London Metropolitan University, SpLD courses leader
Sally Chisholm, Keele University, Teaching Fellow, Counselling Psychology
Ian Wilson, Lecturer
Dave Cudworth, De Montfort University, Leicester, Principal Lecturer
Oreet Ashery, Goldsmiths, University of London, Lecturer
Karen Adler, University of Nottingham, Lecturer in History
Helena Enright, Bath Spa University
Joe Merton, University of Nottingham, Lecturer, UCU member
Prof Magnus Ryner, King’s College London, Professor of International Political Economy
Prof Paul Webb, University of Sussex
Martin Ward, De Montfort University, Reader in Software Engineering
Claire Donovan, Brunel University London, Reader
Prof Maggie O’Neill, York University, Professor in Sociology/Criminology
Prof Parvati Nair, Queen Mary, University of London, Professor of Hispanic, Migration and Cultural Studies
Prof David Hendy, University of Sussex, Professor of Media and Cultural History
Steven Watson, University of Cambridge, University Lecturer
Juliet Jacques, University of Sussex, PhD student
Philip Langeskov, University of East Anglia, Lecturer
Rebecca Lennon, Arts University Bournemouth, Visiting Tutor, Fine Art
Amber Jacobs, Birkbeck, University of London, Senior Lecturer in Psychosocial Studies
Prof Rosalind Galt, King’s College London
Prof Colin Clark, University of the West of Scotland, Professor of Sociology & Social Policy
Alya Khan, London Metropolitan University, Senior Lecturer
Ed Luker, Northumbria University, PhD student
Eley Williams, Royal Holloway, University of London, Visiting Lecturer
Ben Hickman, University of Kent, Senior Lecturer, UCU Rep
David Nettleingham, University of Kent, Lecturer in Cultural Sociology
Prof Daniel Katz, University of Warwick
Karen Rees, University of Warwick, Principal Research Fellow
Prof Robert Sheppard, Edge Hill University, Professor of Poetry and Poetics
Matthew Noel-Tod, University of Brighton, Senior Lecturer
Charlotte Grace, Oxford Brookes University / Central St Martins, University of the Arts London, Associate Lecturer
Ruth Lang, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts, London, Senior Lecturer
Adam Stock, York St. John University, Lecturer in English Literature
Toby Shew, Oxford Brookes University, M.Arch/M.Arch.D Lead – Design Tutor
Sharon Kivland, Sheffield Hallam University, Reader in Art, UCU rep
Stephanie Drayton, University of Brighton, Resource Assistant
Natacha Kennedy, Goldsmiths, University of London, Lecturer
Conrad Leyser, Worcester College, Oxford, Fellow and Tutor in History
Paula Smithard, University of the Arts London, Senior Lecturer
Kyran Joughin, University of the Arts London, UCU Branch Secretary
Rosalind Lyons, Anglia Ruskin University, PhD student
Rachel Cattle, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, Associate Lecturer
Alberto Duman, Middlesex University, Lecturer in Fine Art
Jjuliet Henderson, Oxford Brookes university, senior lecturer, ucu rep
Jenny Baines, Manchester School of Art, Lecturer
Veronique Altglas, Queen’s University Belfast, Lecturer in Sociology / UCU Branch Secretary
Harriet Harriss, Royal College of Art, Senior academic / UCU
Paul Tarragó, University of the Arts London, Associate lecturer
John O Maoilearca, Kingston University, London, Professor of Film
Mark Taylor-Batty, University of Leeds, Senior Lecturer
Alison Montague, Lancaster University
Steven Lucas, Liverpool Hope University
Caroline Holland, The Open University, UCU branch committee
Jonathan Wood, Sheffield Hallam University, Senior Lecturer
Lucija Neal, University of Brighton International College, Sessional Tutor
Adrian Budd, London South Bank University
Joe Kerr, Royal College of Art, Union Representative (former)
Gary Anderson, Liverpool Hope University, Senior Lecturer/Branch Chair
Prof Malcolm Povey, University of Leeds, Professor of Food Physics, Leeds University UCU committee member
Keith Jebb, University of Bedfordshire, Senior Lecturer
Tahera Aziz, London South Bank University, Senior Lecturer, UCU Membership Secretary
Prof John Parrington, University of Oxford, Associate Professor in Pharmacology, UCU Department Rep
Tim Hall, University of London
Alpesh Masiuria, University of East London, Senior Lecturer
James Benedict Brown, De Montfort University, Senior Lecturer
Sean Bonney, Freie Universität Berlin
Sheryl Clark, Goldsmiths College, University of London, Lecturer
Andy Coles, Manchester Universities and Colleges., HE Study Coach (retired), UCU member
Russell Caplan, London South Bank University, Senior Lecturer/ UCU Branch Secretary
Holly Pester, University of Essex, Lecturer in Department of Literature, Film and Theatre
Deborah Andrews, London South Bank University, Associate Professor / UCU member
Aziz Ait-Braham, London South Bank University, Senior Lecturer
Dave Miller, London South Bank University, Lecturer, UCU member
Eric Lacey, University of Winchester, Lecturer
Daniel Varndell, University of Winchester, Senior Lecturer
Gordon McKelvie, University of Winchester, Lecturer / UCU member
Neil Ewen, University of Winchester, Senior Lecturer
Stephen Cowden, Coventry University, UCU Branch Chair
Anna Fleming, University of Leeds
Simon Hewitt, University of Leeds
Kevin Reynolds, University of Sussex, Research Fellow
Rebekah Howes, University of Winchester
David Clemson, London South Bank University, Senior Lecturer / UCU Branch Environment Officer
Bahadur Najak, Durham University, UCU member
Irene Rose, Liverpool Hope Univeristy, Professional Tutor
Glen Pennington, Liverpool Hope University, Professional Tutor in Psychology, UCU member
Mick Jardine, University of Winchester, Head of Department / UCU Branch Chair
Dimitra Kotouza, Middlesex University, Lecturer
Andrew Sneddon, University of Edinburgh, Senior Lecturer
Rosemary Jane, University of Portsmouth, Senior Teaching Fellow / UCU H&S Rep
Gabriella Alberti, University of Leeds, Lecturer in work and employment relations
Roddy Slorach, Imperial College, UCU Equalities and Diversity Officer
Trevor Hearing, Bournemouth University, Principal Academic
Resh Somauroo, Bournemouth University, Programme Leader/Lecturer
Sue Eccles, Bournemouth University
William Proctor, Bournemouth University, Lecturer in Media, Culture and Communication
Rutherford, Bournemouth University, Programme Leader – MA Advertising
Dr. Kevin Moloney, Bournemouth University, Health, Safety and Welfare rep
Leon Killin, Goldsmiths, University of London, Student Services
Alison Penn, The Open University
Crispin Farbrother, Bournemouth University, Senior Academic
Owen Holland, Jesus College, University of Oxford
Ed Williams, Bournemouth University, Academic skills tutor
James Pope, Bournemouth University, Principal Academic
Tim Meldrum, University of Winchester
Sherrill Stroschein, University College London, Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor), UCU and CDBU member
Richard Bradbury, The Open University, UCU branch committee
Jan Roe, Bournemouth University, Lecturer
Christiane Hitzemann, London Metropolitan University
Morgaine Merch Lleuad, Open University, Associate Lecturer, UCU member
Prof Steve Dutton, Bath Spa University, Professor of Fine Art
Rosie Read, Bournemouth University, Principal Lecturer
Juha Virtanen, University of Kent, Lecturer
Alison J Carr, Sheffield Hallam University, Associate Lecturer
Prof Henry Maitles, University of the West of Scotland, Professor of Education
Sareen Galbraith, Leeds Beckett University, Senior lecturer
Eamonn Kelly, University of South Wales, Senior Lecturer, Newport UCU Acting Branch Chair
Andrew Bracey, University of Lincoln, Senior Lecturer in Fine Art
Jo Sadgrove, University of Leeds
Geoff Williams, University College London, Teaching Fellow
Ahmadreza Hakiminejad, University of West London, PhD researcher
Adam Kaasa, Royal College of Art, Post-doctoral Research Fellow
Annie Morrad, University of Lincoln, Senior Lecturer
Prof James Dickins, University of Leeds
Steve Mardy, Leeds Beckett University, Senior Lecturer, Branch Rep
Jon Berry, University of Hertfordshire
Phil Vellender, London South Bank University, Senior Lecturer in EAP, UCU branch committee
Jean Crocker, University of Teesside, UCU member
Nalini Vittal, University College London, UCU department rep
Bryony Randall, University of Glasgow, Lecturer in English Literature
Sandra Young, University of Brighton, PhD researcher
Prof Paul Anderson, Queen Mary University of London, UCU joint branch chair
Claire Kinsella, Liverpool Hope University, Professional Tutor
Celia Hollingworth, University of Bristol, UCU rep (retd.)
Barbara Loester, University of Winchester, Senior Lecturer
Marc Schachter, University of Durham, Associate Professor
Karina Linnell, Goldsmiths, University of London
Chris Daniels, Manchester Metropolitan University,  Lecturer
Frances Moran, Liverpool John Moores University

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2 Responses to Letter

  1. Peter Dundon says:

    I support the ending of tuition fees wholeheartedly. We need a fairer system, our students are the economic future of our country and saddling them with this amount of debt damages our economy in all sorts of ways, but the simple answer is the more money you have in your pocket the more money can spend which goes straight back into the economy. Simple!

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  2. I support this letter 100%. I have seen many weighed down by the thought of debt turning away from higher education. It means that university once again reverts to being only for the privileged.

    David Morgan
    Consultant Psychotherapist

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