Voluntary Sector: Taking Action ... University of Birmingham students vs BIS

Protesters: University of Birmingham students
Target: The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS)
Location: Birmingham
Date: 12 October

The lowdown

More than 200 Birmingham University students protested against government plans to increase tuition fees. Protesters marched around the university's square clutching placards and chanting 'Down with Browne'.

Why the protests?

Students across the nation are protesting against the plans put forward by former BP supremo Lord Browne to end the current £3,290 fee cap on tuition fees. Birmingham Guild of Students president Dora Meredith said: 'The numbers show how passionately students feel about the issues raised from the Browne review.'

How did BIS respond?

Business Secretary Vince Cable has responded to the mounting anger at his party's U-turn on the issue, after the Liberal Democrats pledged not to raise fees in the run-up to the 2010 election. Cable insisted: 'I signed that pledge with my colleagues (but) in the current appalling financial situation ... which we inherited, all pledges, all commitment will have to be re-examined from first principles.'

Media treatment

The BBC News and the Daily Mirror covered the story as one of the first major responses to the Government plans.

The Birmingham Mail and Birmingham Post picked up the story.

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