Update: Since this post was first published, a second building has been occupied! Details and statement added to the end of the article…
“We are here as students and staff to deny management the power to manage our university. In place of their rule, we create space to imagine alternatives – a university where we hold the power, and need never fear attacks on our jobs and our education.”
Following a demonstration of staff and students against privatisation and outsourcing in Sussex University, a second occupation has started. About 200 students are currently occupying the Michael Chowen lecture theatre, (of the Brighton and Sussex Medical School). It isn’t yet clear how long they will stay – best check their twitter or their blog for updates. So far, they have released the following statement:
200 students and staff of this university have occupied Brighton and Sussex Medical School Lecture Theatre .
This action is a response to a lack of alternatives within the current situation. Management still refuse to engage with our demands even as they attempt to placate us by feigning negotiation. So we reiterate that we will not compromise, and state them again:
•An immediate end to the privatisation process
•An immediate end to management intimidation and attempts to stifle dissent
•The establishing of a means for us to hold management to account