Archive for January, 2011

Leeds Trinity Students Against Cuts

I thought I would take some time to tell you all what is actually happening at my University and most Universities around the country that have been hit seriously by the cuts.

 

Leeds Trinity is one of the most serious cases where things are going terribly wrong.

 

Leeds Trinity’s government budget has been cut by 100% because we do not have any stem courses (courses like science and maths). It seems like the government is specifically targeting Universities that have creative or humanities courses the most. I personally could not think of a world with no creativity………..

 

The effects of this cut would be that lecturers would get sacked. This would mean that the classes would be bigger, so the thing that I found amazing about Leeds Trinity would be lost. The small classes, the one to one with lecturers, the close nit community would be lost.

 

The 5 deans (people that help Freda, the principal with matters in the departments) have all been sacked. Which is putting a tremendous amount of pressure on Freda, having to deal with everything. So now the University is just run by Freda and Mark Shields.

 

The business model has been taken into institutes, and now to some, is seen as the norm. it is no longer about education, it is about turning a profit from the student body. It is no longer about knowledge, it is about profit!!

 

Trinity is living off of borrowed money/profit. Apart from the income of the students, so the tuition fees and accommodation fees, there is no income for Universities. Students could be seen as being used to make sure the universities don’t go under. Students could be seen as just profit, and personally I find that disgusting. I thought it was about giving people a good education and encouraging people to learn and grow as a person, obviously, the student life I was told about is nothing like reality.

 

If you have a spare moment, check out the Leeds Trinity Students Against Cuts blog, and maybe even pop into the occupation room =]

http://ltsac.wordpress.com/

Hello world! – First Ever Blog!

Well, this is my first time ever blogging and a lot has gone on this week – from my car crash on Monday, to helping Leeds Trinity Students Against Cuts fight the coalition government.

 

The car crash wasn’t the best part of my week I have to say. I was at a roundabout waiting for a gap, saw one, about to set off and then thought wait a minute, a car is coming, and then BOOM! Driver in an astra behind me just drives into the back of my car. WTF?! Then he asks me are you OK, I respond, I’m OK just a bit shaken up. Then he drives off, no reg. plate details, no insurance- I am officially up the creek without a paddle. The car isn’t in that much of a state, just cracked across the bumper at the back, easily fixed.

 

The week started to get better when I started back at Uni. Lectures are good, hard work but good. Then I found out about the occupation at Uni. Which is officially amazing. There has never been a protest, rally or occupation until Leeds Trinity Students Against Cuts started. It consists of peaceful protests, rally and occupation. I had my first experience of the occupation last night. We just stay in a room at University and do not leave. There is always someone in the occupation room. Leeds Trinity Students Against Cuts all started back in November with the notional demo down in London, the day that they were voting on rising tuition fees.

 

The national Demo was an amazing experience that really opened my eyes to the world that we live in. There were up to 70,000 students there which people were not expecting, especially the police. At one point we were at Millbank, where everything started to go wrong. At first, all that happened was we were sat on the floor in front of Millbank, a nice peaceful protest. And suddenly people started to smash windows, set off flares and start fires. I thought ‘I have to get out of here, before it gets really bad’. There was news coverage of someone throwing a fire extinguisher off the top of Millbank, which absolutely disgusted me. In doing that someone could have got really hurt. I understand protesting against the cuts, but harming people that have nothing to do with the coalition government is just ridiculous. After the protest, Leeds Trinity Students Against Cuts was formed.

 

We had our first ever rally at Leeds Trinity yesterday. We have already made history. It went well. We even managed to wake up some students that think that 1pm is not dinner time, its sleepy time. Apparently they were woken up by the sounds of our chants. At least we got people’s attention.

 

Today we have a silent disco in the Library, bring your own MP3 and dance the day away – form of people protesting that no one can do anything about. Personally I will be dancing to Rage Against the Machine, which seems very appropriate for what we are protesting against. The coalition government has a lot to answer for, and today we will be getting answers from our local MP who happens to be a Tory.

 

Today should be fun……….