The campaign against cuts erupted at Bristol university last week.
Around 180 staff and students, mostly from the Centre for Deaf Studies (CDS) joined a lobby against cuts.
Workers, students and signers made speeches denouncing the cuts, which include up to 100 compulsory redundancies mainly from CDS.
This was a welcome shift in direction from the joint unions’ previous strategy concentrating on a “deal”, which left staff having to take unpaid leave in return for delaying “some” of the redundancies until 2012.
Departments already part of the “reorganisations”, like CDS, would not even be protected by the “deal”.
The university Senate passed the cuts but protesters are organising to build the campaign.
Over 4,500 signatures have been collected on an online petition within five days of it being launched.
For more information visit » www.savedeafstudies.org.uk