Socialist Worker

Universities occupied as revolt grows

Issue No. 2229

Students at three universities went into occupation over cuts this week.

Up to 50 students occupied the Core 24 building at UWE (University of the West of England) Frenchay campus in Bristol on Monday.

At the same time, 100 students occupied the Brunei Gallery at Soas (the School of Oriental and African Studies) in central London.

And 50 occupied for a day on Monday at Manchester Metropolitan University to build the profile of the national day of action on Wednesday.

They came out on Tuesday to continue building the campaign for a walkout on “Day X”.

In Bristol students established an “education camp” to discuss alternatives to funding cuts and fee increases.

Workshops were held on “Political Economy” and the “Values of Education”.

The Red Notes socialist choir entertained the occupiers and a soundsystem was set up to keep morale high.

The students had already planned a variety of actions for the week of Day X, including a joint rally with the lecturers’ UCU union on Tuesday, a walkout on Wednesday and motions to go to the student annual general meeting on Thursday.

The university’s UCU branch is in dispute with management over the threat to 80 posts—around 25 percent of jobs.

UWE Facebook page: www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=165523440154156

Soas: http://soasoccupation2010.wordpress.com

Visit the Education Activist Network for a list of Day X activities:

http://educationactivistnetwork.wordpress.com


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