After just three days, Live's online petition against top-up fees at Imperial has amassed 250 electronic signatures and the number is still increasing.
Signatures have flooded in from students (both undergrads and postgrads), their parents, alumni and staff. There have been responses from the University of Bath, the University of Southampton, Manchester University and Queen Mary's, London.
The comments left on the petition reveal the extent of people's disappointment and anger at the Rector's plans. Choice examples include:
'Top-up fees are a morally bankrupt solution to a government that has failed to address the issue of higher education funding in a coherent manner.'
'However top-up fees work, they will serve to discourage students from attending Imperial.'
'I can't believe that the proposal put forward can seriously be called 'fair' or 'justified' or that it will result in an improvement to the standards or reputation of ...Imperial College. There are just too many reasons why this is a bad idea.'
'Imperial College is a centre for academic excellence, not a toy for the accountants to play with.'
'Education [should be] based on the ability to think, not the ability to pay.'
'As if things aren't already tough enough for students. We exist on the edge financially, and many of us genuinely have no "mummy and daddy" to bail us out if we get into a tight spot ... It is not our fault, nor should it be our problem if the books don't balance at the end of the day.'
'I seriously urge College to explore all avenues for funding. It would be a disaster to close doors to the middle ground who are not eligible for funding but unable to afford fees.'
'Perhaps retroactively charging Sir Richard the £40,000 he values a good degree at would be a good idea.'
You can sign the petition online by following this link.