On Friday, November 20 NUS’s national Cut the Cost’s pig came to visit Liverpool Hope SU!
It was hoped that the giant inflatable pig would highlight the financial challenges that students face.
This was piggy’s first visit to a Merseyside College and was particularly welcome as NUS campaigns have traditionally focused on larger universities rather than small and specialist universities such as Liverpool Hope!
The Pig was the the focal point of a national campaign which included raising awareness of Cut the Costs and encouraging students to sign up to a lobby of parliament on December 8.
Kira Cox – Liverpool Hope Students’ Union President said: "The rising cost of living and the abolition of maintenance grants will have a dramatic detrimental effect on our members.
"Debt will have a knock effect, stopping students living independently, forcing them into the hands of pay day lenders and loan sharks.
"We need to put the maximum pressure on the government to ensure that we have fair funding for students."
Ciara Mulholland, a third year student at Liverpool Hope said "The amount of debt I’m facing in my first degree is scary. I don’t even tend to think about the money I spend weekly on bus fares and rent, but it all adds up.
"Something needs to be done to stop this; it’s putting more and more people off going into further education on a daily basis.” (Liverpool Echo)