Thursday, December 2, 2010

Occupation ongoing in Roscoe Building

Hi all Manchester has been under occupation again for the last week.  We have set up a new blog for the new occupation it is here

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Today's Occupation at the University of Manchester is now over

Over 70 students today occupied the Admin block of University of Manchester in opposition to the cuts. Inspired by the events of yesterday, the students demanded an end to the cuts and stood in solidarity with staff.

After 3 hours of occupation, and following a statement from the Vice Chancellor, the students have left the Occupation in order to better organise the next steps of the campaign.

Students from the Occupation are now building for the walk out on the 24th November.

Message from the office of the President and Vice Chancellor

11th November 2010

We do not know the precise details the scale and impact of the cuts on the individual universities and indeed are unlikely to know these until the new year. The President and Vice Chancellor, Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell has already made her views on the proposed cuts to the higher education budget very clear. In her recent communication to all students she said:

“The 40% cuts in the higher education budget over four years, means that Universities have been particularly harshly treated, especially given the cuts that we have already had imposed on us by the last government.

“We await the detail, but if these plans become reality they could have a devastating effect on many British universities.

“With our numerous different income streams it will also be a while before we know the precise impact on this University.

“Big cuts like these will inevitably have an impact on our activities and we will be faced with some tough choices.

“She has provided the following reassurances to students:

“Let me be absolutely clear; for those of you already enrolled on courses here, there is absolutely no question of your tuition fees suddenly going up.

“The University will clearly need to adapt to future financial challenges – but we will do so in a way that fulfils our key commitment to delivering an outstanding student experience.”

The University is already engaging with the elected representatives of the Students’ Union to discuss how the University may respond to any future reductions in funding and the President and Vice Chancellor has made it clear to the Students’ Union Executive that she and her senior colleagues are happy to meet with them at any time to discuss these issues. Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell also made it clear that:

“As an institution embracing academic freedom, we welcome the expression by students of strongly held views, and accept the right of those advocating such views to assert them.

“In particular, I accept the right of groups of students to organise, marches and protests as means of drawing attention to their causes. These protests must however be peaceful and lawful. The right to lawful protest in the University of Manchester is restricted, not by any limit to freedom of expression, but by the fact that a judgement has to be made eventually about the balance between the rights of the protesters to assert their views on the one hand and, on the other, the rights of others (students, staff and visitors) to go about their business safely, unimpeded and free from harassment.”

Manchester University Students Occupy against the cuts

Statement from students in occupation at Manchester University:

“Students at Manchester Univeristy have peacefully occupied the John Owens Building and are lobbying the finance board over the Coalition’s attacks on higher education.

“We are demanding that the University opens its books so that we know where the cuts will fall, how many voluntary redundancies have already been made and to highlight the fact that the vice Chancellor is paid 20 times the average salary. The financial director has denied any cuts are planned, despite the fact that voluntary redundancies have been announced and the combined studies department has already been cut.

“We are here to support lecturers and administrative staff who will be losing their jobs. To oppose the rise in tuition fees that will price out most working class students. And to oppose the privatisation of our Universities.”

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