Students at Durham hold funeral for accessible education
Students at Durham University staged a 'Funeral for Accessible Education' on Tuesday, even giving eulogies and creating a shrine.
The funeral came after the Durham announced accommodation prices at the university will be increased by 3.5%, to £7,000 per year. The Trevelyan College Left Society believes accessible education has died at Durham, with students from poorer backgrounds being discouraged by high rents within the University and in private housing in the local area.
Jasmine Simms, secretary for the Trevelyan society, said: "The fees are way above the maximum student loan. This has also had an effect on the rents charged by private landlords to both living-out students and locals, raising the cost of living for many people in Durham."
Tom Barker, member of the Trevelyan College Left Society, said that Durham weren't listening to the student body, and it was time to call a time of death for affordable education:
"Durham University is not listening to its student body. Therefore we are going to mourn the education that many can no longer afford.
The students led a funeral procession though Durham, complete with a coffin.
Time of death: 9pm, December 8th, 2015
The procession has just set off from Palace Green and will end at the University Science Site pic.twitter.com/chkMjwUyF0— Durham SU (@durhamSU) December 8, 2015
The protesters aim to get Durham to agree to a two-year freeze on fees.
Barker added: "The fee rises are contrary to claims from the university that it fosters diversity and offers value for money."