Anti-‐Cuts Campaign What is it? The anti-‐cuts campaign, also known as the ‘March for the Alternative’ was a demonstration held in London in early 2011. The movement addressed the current controversial situation regarding tuition fees: over the years, the cost for universities has risen. The campaign was created to attempt to either cut the prices down to the £3,000 they once were or completely get rid of them. Not only students, but parents will also benefit from the possible results as it will decrease the debt in which they have been placed as well as make higher education more affordable to those outside the working class. My Campaign (Pre-‐production) I am not trying to raise any money but I am trying to raise awareness for this dispute. I feel that the campaign needs a lot more people to get involved for the government to listen to their ideas. At the moment, the committee only consists of 14 permanent members with 1 permanent delegate from each Region and each Liberation Campaign. There are no major sponsors for the movement and the donations are given by the participants, which is why I am hoping to get more people to join as it will help with the campaign as a whole. The government claims that going to University in Scotland will be a lot cheaper for students but what about students that need to stay at home to look after family? What if they aren’t able to live too far out as they will not be able to make it home often? This is something I thought about when making my campaign. The loans that are taken out in order to pay for tuition are to be paid back. But what if the student does not land a stable enough job? What if the student can’t afford to pay the loan back? I understand that the loan is cut off after 30 years but who wants to live with the constant stress of paying back money they took out to gain an education required to get the job they need to pay it back with. Research I have researched into the financial status of my partner, myself, friends and family. Financial stability has proven to be a struggle to students and their families and because of the rise of tuition fees, stability slowly becomes instability. I have spoke to a cousin who is currently a student at university and their insight regarding the fees is that it is far too expensive than it once was – I compared this to the views of past students, specifically teachers of mine, who didn’t have to pay for university. This contrast is important as it shows how much more unnecessary competition has been added onto the education and potential job of the youths of today.
Interview with protester of National Campaign against Fees and Cuts (NCAFC): So, what was your reason for attending the protest? As a sixteen year old transitioning into college, I would be the first in my entire family to do so – extended family included. After college, I had set stepping stones for myself towards university. On hearing about the tuition fees rising, it sort of threw that goal out of the window and I suppose I just wanted to be part of the voices that wanted to be heard. Did you find that the protest was successful in getting the message across? I guess it was a way of bringing it to light considering people were flooding the entire West End with placards and pleads to stop the fees from rising. But it wasn’t just the fees that were rising, jobs were being cut and people would be jobless just because the government had said so. It has been speculated within the political parties but in a sense, it wasn’t that successful since the tuition fees rose anyway. There will be more protests to change this, though. Would you attend another protest? Yeah, I don’t see why not. It is something that will be affecting me in the next few months and also my sisters, should they decide to go to university. Friends I have spoken to are also worried about surviving financially at university so it has been proven to be a concern amongst our generation. Pitch After the above interview, I realised that the campaign wasn’t only causing a stir amongst students but the dreams of a lot of the public. This caused me to change the video to the ‘killing of dreams’ instead of just a rise in tuition fees. To show this, I re-‐recorded the video and I spoke about the dreams of people being ruined due to the government’s decisions. Post-‐Production: I decided to take it upon myself to create a video. Using the technique of direct address (looking straight at the camera) allowed the dialogue and video to be felt on a more personal level by the audience. This way, the audience was able to empathise as they were given a focal point to narrow their attention down to. Alongside the video for the campaign, I have got a transcript of the interview with the protester. This will give other students an insight on the situation from the perspective of another student in the same position as them.
Published on May 23, 2014