Reporter 398, 3 March 1997
A nationwide campaign by the Association of University Teachers aims to make higher education a General Election issue.
To influence key marginal seats, local AUT associations are being mobilised to persuade candidates of the importance of university issues and of gaining the support of academic and student communities. Question and answer sessions for prospective MPs will be organised locally.
The AUT's manifesto concentrates on two key objectives - increased funding for universities and the creation of a pay review body for academic staff and is designed to ensure that the higher education sector will not be overlooked in the election.
The AUT at Leeds University is also challenging local candidates by sending each a questionnaire, the results of which will be available in March.
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