Eight activists from Free Education for Everyone in Queens University Belfast were elected to the Student Council in elections which were held yesterday.
The establishment of FEE QUB along with FEE Derry over the last year has now made the Free Education for Everyone Campaign an island wide cause, fighting austerity cuts by two different governments.
The group ran ten candidates in three faculties: Postgraduate, Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, and in Engineering and Physical Sciences. Each faculty had at least one candidate elected to each and represents approximately 8% of the student council.
Branch Secretary Tiarnán Ó Muilleoir, who was also elected under Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences said “it’s a great day for FEE in Queens” and “represents a willingness for students to engage in grassroots activism as a way to protest against savage cuts in education”.
FEE QUB is one of the newest branches of the campaign group to emerge and the success in this election “is testament to the groups hard work over the last year” says activist Tyler McNally.
The engagement of FEE in student elections is nothing new. Last year FEE UCD and FEE Galway ran candidates in Exec elections. While none were successful in UCD, three activists were elected to part time exec positions in NUIG.
With the Fine Gael/Labour budget fast approaching, it is likely we are to see FEE activities across the country in the next few months.
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