University must remain a space for the exchange of ideas. Access to higher education has always been restricted in one way or another by the ruling classes and this is just another brick in that wall, although not as overtly discriminatory (and therefore more insidious) as exclusion on the basis of race or sex. We need to make our voices heard and to join together to be as loud as possible – too many are saying that this is just a way of paying for past excesses. This is a crucial fight that will mark the course of higher education - and of the arts and culture (imagine a world without these!) - in the UK in the twenty-first century.
Dr Stacy Gillis
Lecturer in Modern and Contemporary Literature