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Student Socialist Alternative


Students across the world have been on the frontline of struggles for change. Most recently, people of all ages have been joined by radical students in the #BlackLivesMatter movement, demanding justice for George Floyd and for an end to racist policing.

We have been central to the climate strikes movement, and played a huge role in building solidarity for the UCU strikes. More and more of us are drawing conclusions about how the problems facing us – racism, climate crisis and all oppression – are systemic issues.

As a system, capitalism only knows the language of what is profitable for an exploiting elite – not what is needed by the mass of people around the world, which is becoming more and more obvious each day with the ongoing Coronavirus crisis.

More than ever, our movement needs a Marxist and revolutionary voice. This is why we have taken the decision to launch Student Socialist Alternative.

We stand in solidarity with Socialist Alternative – ISA in England, Wales and Scotland and its international organisation – International Socialist Alternative, active in 30 countries around the worldWe believe that the fight against oppression, exploitation and climate chaos has to be the fight for socialist change. This means co-ordinating struggles wherever they emerge. We also believe that to change society we need to understand how capitalism works and that we need to educate ourselves in socialist and Marxist theory. With a movement of students and workers united with anti-racist, climate and anti-oppression campaigners, to build a movement for revolutionary change!


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Latest articles from Student Socialist Alternative

  • Tories plan to decimate university arts courses: build a fightback now!
    A recent ‘consultation’, launched at short notice by the Office for Students (OfS) – a subsection of the Department for Education – has proposed a 50% cut to courses in the arts at UK universities for the 2021-2022 academic year, coming into effect from September onwards. This suggestion has been […]
  • While the Tories deny racism, school students walk out to #DecoloniseEducation
    Two reports have recently emerged trying to whitewash the Tories of blame and deny the racism that is endemic within capitalist society. On 30 March, the Met Police investigated themselves, only to find that they had “acted appropriately” when forcibly clamping on vigils to Sarah Everard and other victims of […]
  • Racism at Glasgow University exposed: For mass action against oppression!
    A review into racism at the University of Glasgow has shown that 1 in 20 Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic students and staff have experienced at least one or more incidents of racial harassment. The report, prompted by a study from the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) in 2019, […]
  • Solidarity with Student Rent Strikers! Sign our petition
    The student revolt erupting across the country continues to take place. New initiatives, such as the ‘Nancy Out!’ campaign in Manchester where students are fighting to remove the current Vice Chancellor Nancy Rothwell, demonstrate that for us, this is not just a simple matter of winning small concessions. We want […]
  • What is the role of socialists in the student Covid uprising?
    Student Socialist Alternative hosted an online meeting titled ‘The Fight to Reclaim Education: Socialist Organisers’ Call’ on Friday 22nd January. This brought student rent strikers together with activists from London Renters’ Union, the University and Colleges Union and more. The speakers were very well received, with the other participants speaking […]