A ’Love Canterbury – Hate Debt’ Campaign is here – Are you with us?
What is the campaign about?
We realise that education brings with it huge benefits in the way of developing individuals and reaching new gains in research and knowledge. Education also offers creativeness to the individual broadening their horizon and enriching their life. People who prosper go on to do great things, both in their personal development and in the community.
We believe that an education at University should not come at a cost of a life chance to those who may wish to go. We believe that if the cost of an education at University were to rise less people would choose to study. That is why all the Students Unions (SU’s) of Canterbury have engaged this campaign.
Canterbury College, Canterbury Christ Church University, The University of Creative Arts and The University of Kent are working collaboratively to host a ‘Love Canterbury Hate Debt’ peaceful procession down Canterbury High Street on 27th February. The procession will highlight the costs of a University education in light of the independent review that is currently underway assessing if the fee should rise. Currently students pay a minimum of £3,000 and maximum of £3,400 per year. Pending the independent review fees could rise to £5,000 or £6,000 per year.
We believe that it is not good practice to encourage taking debt into the education system; moreover it is not good practice to encourage debt full stop. That is why we stand behind the National Union of Students who advocate an alternative. A gradient tax placed upon a graduate would allow less money paid into the Higher Education system by the taxpayer and also allow tuition fee debt to cease to exist. You can read the ‘Blueprint’ here .
How does it affect me?
This issues affects us all in Canterbury. From how education is funded at a University level to how that funding affects the way we pursue education. Everyone above the age of 16 can register to vote (voting age is still 18 for European citizens) and students can register twice – at a Canterbury address as well as a non term time address – no excuses, this issue is here, it’s now, and it’s happening! I’m sure no one would like to pay more in tuition fees! This issues is about us all collectively joining forces and coming together for the benefit of Canterbury and the future of Higher Education.
How can I get involved?
You are already involved simply because you have read this page. Now we want you to unite with us on this campaign so we become stronger – here’s how.
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That’s right, we’re taking over the town – can we count you in?