Route announced for national demonstration as students prepare fight for free education

NUS announces route

By Émer O’Toole, News Editor

Plans have been put in place for a national demonstration for free education later this month.

On November 19, thousands of students from all over the UK are expected to attend the protest in London.

The march will assemble at Malet Street at around 12noon and march round Russell Square, down Kingsway to the Strand, and then to Trafalgar Square, Whitehall and ending at Parliament by 4pm.

Dozens of campuses from UK universities- including Strathclyde, Glasgow Caledonian University and the University of the West of Scotland- are sending coaches, and the protest is predicted to be the largest of its kind since 2010.

Hannah Sketchley, from the National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts, said that protestors “will be marching from the heart of the University of London – a symbolic site of protest over workers’ rights and the right to protest over the past year – to the centre of political power.

“We have no illusions that those inside will change their minds simply by persuasion: we are marching to make a point and build a movement.”

Hattie Craig, from the National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts and Birmingham Defend Education, added: “This demonstration isn’t just about one day of protest – it’s about building a movement for free education.

“Across the world, students have fought and won. The student movement has played a historical role of igniting a broader movement among workers and in communities, and we want to play that role again.”} else {