James, great guy, studies History and has been a member of the Labour Party and the Fabian Society since 2014. It is in these groups that a strong interest in politics and the issues on the Left was formed. Alongside this interest in politics he also has a love of acting and has performed in Twelfth Night and King Lear recently, as well as working in various over productions ranging from street performance to variety shows.
Tuition Fees. They are the bane of my very existence and the thought of a lifetime of debt, having to work mind numbing office jobs, is enough to drive you insane. Well the government has come up with a solution to my nightmares: More Debt! Personally I cannot wait for this, but for all of you who cry at the thought here is what is going to happen.
The Government proposes (it’s currently not legislation although it will be by the end of this academic year) allowing universities to raise their fees by the rate of inflation; so only an extra £250 at the moment. This will then rise over the following years, eventually reaching over £10,000 by 2020. There is a catch to this rise though, and that is the fact that it is merit based. The Government published a list of universities and colleges that meet the requirements to be able to raise their fees in 2017, and Goldsmiths was among them.
All of the above seems bad but the White Paper, which outlines these “reforms”, paints a very dark picture for the future state of our university education that goes beyond fees. The