STAND St Andrews Against Cuts
Under the provisional name STAND (St Andrews against cuts), we are a broad-based group of St Andrews University staff and students formed in response to the current measures proposed and enacted by the government and decision-makers. Our aim is to confront the truly disastrous cuts proposals, and defend public services.
STAND has grown out of widespread concern in response to the coalition’s policies on education and ‘austerity’, and the speed at which they are being introduced. We hope to act as an umbrella group to organise and promote a wide range of events which can involve everyone who shares our concerns – including petitions, public meetings, debates and protests.
Despite a reputation as a conservative university, large numbers of students at St Andrews have recently protested against the tuition fee increases and are raging about the government’s educational policies. Staff are not only concerned about their jobs as the effects of Scotland’s reduced budget are felt, but also that that areas such as Humanities, robbed of state funding will suffer.
We have started from within the University but also hope to develop a broader, town-wide movement.