The occupation is now fully secured and the activists are in control of the space. The workers have finished and left The Slate, and their exit was handled in a comradely and jovial manner. We can officially confirm the space now belongs to the occupying activists and looks to become increasingly active, so do make sure you watch this space (pun intended)!

Warwick SU has issued a statement on the occupation, and statements of support and solidarity have been flooding in from across the country, including from our very own Warwick Anti-Casualisation.

Representatives from the occupation and Warwick SU also met with Stuart Croft, the Vice Chancellor, to discuss access arrangements and our demands. So far no progress has been made on our key demands, which are as follows:

1) The University must opt out of the Teaching Excellence Framework
2) The University must agree to Warwick Anti-Casualisation’s six demands for fair teaching conditions
3) The University must scrap the protest injunction and apologise for their handling of the events of 3 December, 2014 (for a detailed explanation, see: https://warwick4freeducation.wordpress.com/2016/12/02/statement-of-occupation/).

On a much lighter note, the activists have found a way to access The Slate’s audio and projector systems. Entertainment and bangers will commence…

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One thought on “OCCUPATION UPDATE

  1. Did you see the solidarity statement from Warwick UCU yesterday?

    Warwick students have occupied The Slate, the conference facility being built between Scarman and Radcliffe, in protest at the “devastating direction in which education is being pushed and our own institution’s complicity in that agenda” – see
    https://warwick4freeducation.wordpress.com/2016/12/02/statement-of-occupation/#respond

    The students’ arguments are compelling;
    Warwick UCU fully supports their objectives and
    completely endorses their demands (reproduced below):

    1) The University must opt out of the Teaching Excellence Framework;

    2) The University must agree to Warwick Anti-Casualisation’s 6 demands for fair teaching conditions;

    3) The University must scrap the protest injunction and apologise for their handling of the events of 3 December 2014.

    Opposition to the Higher Education and Research Bill is widespread at Warwick, amongst both staff and students.

    http://www.independent.co.uk/student/news/warwick-university-staff-praised-by-students-for-condemning-government-s-green-paper-and-prevent-a6926116.html) and

    http://www.independent.co.uk/student/news/warwick-university-protest-students-block-main-campus-road-in-day-of-demonstrations-against-a6898026.html)

    The occupation has already released a statement indicating that this is a direct act of solidarity with staff to fight the erosion to our working conditions that the TEF will entail.

    We therefore call on University management to promise no legal action under the injunction and reiterate our request that it be lifted with immediate effect.

    In solidarity, Warwick UCU

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