Yiting Feng & James Newbold

Yiting Feng & James Newbold

Education Officers

The Education Action Group (EAG) is an activist collective fighting for students on campus. We meet regularly to plan actions and build for them.

Over the last few years the Education Action Group fought with the National Union of Students and student unions around the country against fee deregulation, forcing the government to back down on the policy which would have seen some university degrees costing $100,000. When USYD staff went on strike in 2013 and 2017, students organised through the EAG and stood with them in their fight for fair pay and conditions – because staff working conditions are student learning conditions.

This year the EAG will continue fighting for workers rights, especially for international students. We will also be campaigning for international student concession Opal cards as NSW is one of the only states not to provide this. We will also continue on last year’s struggle against Tony Abbott and John Howard’s racist Ramsay Centre for Western Civilisation. We will continue to stand with other collective’s campaigns and, as always, the EAG will continue to fight for a completely free, publicly funded and accessible tertiary education.

Like our Facebook page and get involved in the campaigns.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/usydeag/

Latest Reports

Education Officer’s Report – Week 5, Sem 1, 2016

Liam Carrigan and Dylan Griffiths On the 6th of April, Education Action Group members staged a peaceful protest at the Howard Cup upon discovering that Higher Education Minister Simon Birmingham would be in attendance. Previously, Birmingham had confirmed that after being placed on hold fee deregulation remained government policy alongside media reports that a 20% […]

Education Officer’s Report – Week 3, Sem 1, 2016

The March 16 rally against the restructure is now a staff and student rally co–hosted by the National Tertiary Education Union. The restructure’s faculty amalgamations will see general staff lose their jobs, decreasing support for academics, leading to a decrease in our education quality. This is why we must fight back! In the University’s latest […]

Education Officer’s Report – Week 1, Sem 1, 2016

The Education Officers didn’t see summer. On the last day of work for 2015, University staff were emailed by the University chancellor, Belinda Hutchinson, and given confirmation that massive changes to the University’s structure would occur over the next few years. The changes include a shift from the current 16 faculties and standalone schools to […]

Students Win – Deregulation Dropped By Turnbull

This month saw deregulation dropped by the Turnbull government, in what should be recognised as a massive victory for students everywhere. This is the result of a sustained campaign against fee deregulation and further cuts to higher education funding. Higher education policy has not been championed by any political party, they only ever respond to […]

Education Report: Fighting a uni restructure, funding cuts and Job losses

The University of Sydney discussion paper released just over a month ago on the “strategy” of  “undergraduate offerings” at the university has signalled a massive restructure of the University through the 2016-2020 period. The discussion paper and statements Vice Chancellor Michael Spence has made to the media suggest that the University of Sydney is to […]