Many universities across the country are facing serious financial difficulties and without government funding are at risk of going bankrupt and being forced to close. This is not a surprise: the pandemic has merely highlighted the insecurity caused by a lack of government support and the impacts of the marketisation of education.
To help tackle this, Early Day Motion #743 has been tabled calling for Funding for Universities.
An Early Day Motion (EDM) in the Westminster system, is a motion, expressed as a single sentence, tabled by Members of Parliament that formally calls for debate “on an early day.” Their main purpose is to draw attention to particular subjects of interest.
EDM #743 Funding for Universities is as follows:
That this House calls on the Government to provide vital funding for universities that are under mass financial strain; notes this is not an unexpected side effect from the covid-19 outbreak, but that the outbreak has worsened pre-existing problems resulting from a lack of financial Government support of higher education and the marketisation of education; further notes that thirteen universities, as found by the ISF, will face bankruptcy without a Government bail-out; recognises that SOAS University, the only higher education institution in the UK specialising in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, is currently facing a mass restructuring as a result of long term financial strain that has worsened with the covid-19 outbreak; and calls on the Government to take action to provide essential support for those institutions.
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