The Crisis of Higher Education
Black-E Theatre
2:30PM – 4PM

Students face an increasing financial burden of sky-high rents, a working life full of debt, and the ballooning cost of living. Workers have endured a year-on-year real-terms wage cut, a sector wide scandal of casulisation and job insecurity, crushing workloads, and the stain of gender and race pay gaps.

This session will discuss how to build solidarity across the different experiences of crisis of higher education, linking the fights in the workplace to the degradation of students education. Another university is possible - but we need to smash the current monster to make it.


Chloe is Vice President for Higher Education at the National Union for Students and was elected on a platform for a free, decolonised and democratic education system.

Fraser is a student organiser, outgoing Young Labour Student Rep and Unite West Midlands Young Members Committee member.

Vice chair of Labour Students

Lancaster UCU

Nehaal is current NUS Vice President for Liberation & Equality, and a very (very) part-time PhD student in Education at the University of Sussex.

Jo Grady is a British trade union leader and former academic. She was elected as General Secretary of the University and College Union (UCU) in 2019, the largest further and higher education union in the world.


The University and College Union (UCU) represents over 130,000 academics, lecturers, trainers, instructors, researchers, managers, administrators, computer staff, librarians and postgraduates in universities, colleges, prisons, adult education and training organisations across the UK.

Young Labour gives young members a voice at the top of the Party, supports local Young Labour groups, and helps mobilise our movement at election time to get Labour into power.

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