UCL student occupation
Dear UCLUCU Member,
This is to inform colleagues that following a short lunchtime protest,
a significant number of UCL students decided to peacefully occupy
the Jeremy Bentham Room in the Wilkins Building in protest at the
Government's cuts in Education.
They have collectively drawn up a list of certain demands to be
placed on UCL management, calling on them to
- Issue a statement condemning all cuts to higher education and
the rise in tuition fees
- Implement a complete 'open books' policy with regards to existing
- Ensure no redundancies for teaching, research or support staff
- Reverse its outsourcing policy by bringing staff back in-house
- Implement the full living wage package for all cleaning, catering
and security staff with no cuts to hours and jobs
- Ensure no victimisation or repercussions for anyone participating
in the occupation
- Allow free access in and out of the occupation.
UCL UCU Executive agreed today to lend our support to the students
because their cause is just. National UCU policy agreed at Congress
2010 (see APPENDIX 1) calls for branches to
support student protests, up to and including occupations of colleges,
in defence of Higher Education. We encourage staff to visit the
students and express their support.
On Monday, our members voted to defend students victimised as a
result of the demonstrations on 10 November. We therefore encourage
our members to take part in and build this peaceful occupation,
and call on UCL management to join the public movement to defend
Education, and openly condemn the government's proposals.
We further call on UCL management to respect the fact that students
do not take such actions lightly and that this protest, which is
directed primarily against Government policy, should be allowed
to go ahead without the use of physical force or disciplinary threats
Messages of support for the students can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
They have also set up a blog on http://ucloccupation.wordpress.com/.
Please forward this message to colleagues.
UCL UCU Executive Committee
APPENDIX 1: CONGRESS RESOLUTION, 2010 Higher
Education Sector Conference
HE18 Solidarity with our students
- The recent wave of student protests against education cuts
at a number of universities, including Sussex, Westminster and
- The development of a vibrant student movement is a key ingredient
in a successful fight against education cuts and job losses, and
that UCU must seek alliances with students and their organisations
in that fight.
Conference resolves to:
- Urge branches to work with local student representatives to
plan joint campaigning in order to better resist education cuts
and job losses;
- Organise joint campaigning and co-ordinated actions with national
NUS, and local student anti-cuts campaigns, as and when possible;
- Support the right of student self-activity (including occupations
and other non-violent direct actions) in defending staff jobs
and education provision;
- Support any student faced with victimisation for taking part
in non-violent direct action in support of staff unions and in
defence of staff jobs and education provision.
motion in UCU270