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Demand 1: Financial Reimbursement

  • 04/01/2021 - Working On

Financial Reimbursement
The financialisation of Higher Education has turned Universities into a for-profit enterprise whose primary focus is the extraction of money from students rather than the pursuit of knowledge. For those who wonder if the university has the money to afford rent cuts and investing more in student mental health, look no further than the Heslington East expansion project. They are currently investing tens of millions of pounds in building new premium accommodation so that they can make even more money from exploiting International students - a disastrous investment now that these students will unlikely ever materialise. This money could have been invested in subsidising affordable accommodation; or fixing the litany of problems in existing damp, asbestos riddled, poorly insulated, and faulty buildings. The Tab recently revealed that the University of York makes £6,881,000 in profit every year on halls accommodation, whilst the Vice Chancellor is paid £262,358 a year. The reality is that Vice Chancellor Charlie Jeffery is trying to do as little as he can for students for as little money as possible.
We demand:
- Offer all students no-penalty early release clauses from their tenancy contracts so that those who want to return home can do so without fines
- A 100% rent refund and Cancel the Rent for 2020-2021 for students who decide to stay
- Tuition fee reimbursements for the reduced services and facilities
Furthermore, we demand that there are no sanctions for Rent Strikers and protestors; that there are no more staff redundancies; and the university listens to the UCU.

York Student Solidarity Network

Submitted by LUCY WALSH

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