Students set to march on London here

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SHEFFIELD University students will be among the thousands taking to the streets of London on November 21 in a renewed protest against the cost of higher education.

The march through London was called by the National Union of Students at its conference held in Sheffield in April.

And members of The University of Sheffield Students’ Union, many of whom live in Deputy Prime Minister and Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg’s Sheffield Hallam constituency, will be present to reinforce their belief that higher education should not be determined by cost.

“We are protesting because we believe that education changes lives and that no-one, no matter what age, background or belief should be deterred by debt or by cost,” said Abdi Suleiman, the president of The University of Sheffield Students’ Union.

“Tuition fees of £9,000 are more expensive than in any other European country.”

Abdi added he also want to highlight problems faced by international students.

He said: “Even though international students bring £250m to the Sheffield economy every year and keep many of the people of this city employed, they are being deterred from bringing their connections and spending power to our country and our city.”