UNISON Launches National Campaign to Protect Higher Education

19 May 2020

Universities need an urgent financial injection to give them a fighting chance of coming out of this crisis.

A robust higher education sector will be central to getting this country through the pandemic, sustaining our public services and rebuilding the economy, but so far the government is failing to protect it.

But it needs an urgent financial injection to give it a fighting chance of coming out of this crisis. 

Universities need stability: they’re doing vital research right now on vaccines, antibody tests, and tracking systems, and our country will rely on the sector to train the key workers of tomorrow.

The livelihoods of three quarters of a million people who work in higher education have been plunged into uncertainty, along with the £73 billion a year universities generate for our economy.

The government must protect university staff, protect the jobs they love, protect the students and communities they support, and protect the economy they’re helping to build.

If some institutions are forced to cancel courses or close altogether that means jobs gone, student ambitions thwarted and our country all the poorer for it.

No MP should stand by while they teeter on the brink. Let’s press the government to think bigger.

Ask your MP to challenge the government on its response so far and demand that it underwrites higher education for all our sakes.

We are asking SOAS UNISON members to write to your MP