campaign on tuition fees

As you will be aware, the Government have announced that the Parliamentary vote on their tuition fees proposals will take place on 9 December 2010.

The Union continues to support the joint UCU and NUS ‘Fund our Future’ campaign. This circular informs you that there will be a period of intense campaigning activity over the coming week in the run up to the vote, including:

                     protests at universities across the country on  8 December 2010 (the day prior to the vote in Parliament);

                 mass lobby of MPs on 9 December 2010 itself, followed by a rally in Westminster;

                a ‘candlelit’ vigil during the evening of vote with 9,000 ‘candles’ to represent potential fees.

 Further details on these activities, including precise timings and locations, will be circulated as soon as they become available.


In the meantime, divisions and associations are encouraged to publicise these activities and mobilise attendance wherever possible.  Whilst we are conscious that 9 December 2010 is a school day, it is hoped that retired members and part-time members not working on that day will be able to attend these activities.  It is also hoped that some members may be able to reach agreement with head teachers on the release from schools and sixth form colleges of teachers wishing to attend the protests, where lessons can be covered.

 The Union’s national banner will be carried at the rally in Westminster on 9 December 2010.  Divisions and associations are urged to bring their banners too to help demonstrate the strong support of the NUT for the campaign and our solidarity with students and lecturers.


Given that there are likely to be further protests by students in the run-up to the vote on 9 December 2010, it is important to reiterate that the Union is not calling for school pupils to walk out of lessons and must advise members that they should not encourage pupils to leave their classes.


The Union is also working closely with NUS, UCU and others on a campaign to save Education Maintenance Allowances.  Further information on this campaign will be circulated separately.


Thank you for your continued support during these particularly challenging times for the education service.


Yours sincerely


CHRISTINE BLOWER                                            KEVIN COURTNEY

General Secretary                                                  Deputy General Secretary