The growing corporate culture in universities over recent years has involved a serious erosion of students’ ability to organise.
At King’s College London, for example, there is nowhere for students to put up posters up without them immediately being taken down and leaflets are removed from canteen tables.
Management have even tried to stop students from petitioning in recent weeks.
At some colleges, such as City University in London, posters have to be approved by management.
All this creates an atmosphere in which organising political meetings and groups becomes more of a challenge. But students are fighting back.
Protests and occupations in solidarity with Gaza have defied this process, and taken big steps to liberate campuses and challenge the restrictions on activity.
Defend Matt Vicary
Students at Sheffield Hallam university elected Matt Vicary as their student union’s equal opportunities officer because they knew they were voting for an anti-war, campaigning representative.
But in a blow to democracy Sheffield Hallam’s student union has suspended Matt for taking part in an occupation of the stage in solidarity with people of Gaza at an NUS conference.
Students and workers should rally round Matt and the stand he has taken. Send messages of protest to the president of Sheffield Hallam student union at email@example.com Please send copies to Matt at firstname.lastname@example.org