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The role of space and place in mediating #Demo2012

Simon Collister

In June 2012 the UK’s national membership organisation for students in further and higher education, the National Union of Students (NUS), announced it would hold a national demonstration aimed at ‘step[ping] up pressure on the coalition government’ which had recently passed legislation removing funding for disadvantaged students, increasing university tuition fees, and opened up the higher education market to greater private competition (BBC News, 2010; Mulholland, 2010). The demonstration, held on 21st November 2012, marked an important moment for the NUS, and the UK student movement more generally, for two reasons. Firstly, ...

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