european students’ union

NUS UK calls for National Student Strike

December 29, 2021

NUS UK – the national union representing students from England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales – are calling on all students in the UK to join the strike and Walk Out / Teach-In on the 2nd of March 2022. We will be going on strike from an education system that does not serve us and holding our own teach-ins to practice the kind of education that we know that students deserve. 

We’re calling for students to organise to get themselves and others from their universities and colleges to London, or to organise their own actions locally! We will take over central London and build our own education for the day – it’s a protest, it’s a party, and it’s something we will come together for. 

It’s no secret, students in the UK have been failed by successive governments. From sky-high fees to inefficient and underfunded support services, this system is broken. Now is the time to take matters into our own hands. 

Our demands for the new vision for education are as follows:

  • Fully funded: higher and further education to be funded by governments – free at the point of use for students – with proper pay, pensions and conditions for staff across education and beyond 
  • Accessible: creating safe and inclusive spaces – built for students here and now – and uprooting disablism in our education  
  • Lifelong: there to support us from cradle to grave – think less restrictive, more fluid & flexible  
  • Democratised: giving students more power and agency over their own learning  

We’re tired of asking for scraps from these governments: we all want to see a radically different education, and we want to build a movement that can win it. That means we need to build the type of education we want first – and that’s what we’ll do here.

We call on National Students’ Unions across ESU to hold actions in solidarity with our strike – please get in contact with the NUS UK team at: becky.ricketts@nus-wales.org.uk and/or rosie.mckenna@nus.org.uk 

You can find out more information about the strike action here. 

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