As of 4pm on Saturday 22nd June the Senate House Council Chamber is no longer in occupation.
We have made our voices heard over the din of the management’s misinformation and intimidation. We are particularly disgusted by the University’s decision to close the Postgraduate Hub. This is a blatant attempt to discredit our campaign, which demonstrates a chilling disregard for staff and students.
By continuing the occupation throughout the open day weekend we have achieved as much from inside the occupation as is possible, and as such have decided to move our dialogue outside the Council Chamber.
In response to management’s marketisation of our education, marginalisation of our voices and closing down of our space we have called for free education, a university that functions as a community and that is open intellectually and physically. A university without closed spaces.
The level of support for our campaign from staff, students and trade unions on both the local and the national level has been overwhelming. It is thanks to the solidarity of these people that a dialogue has been opened, and we will now move to build on these gains.
Our original intention was to remain in the Council Chamber until immediately after the University open days. The level of support we have received has made the decision to continue with this plan a very difficult one. However, in order to leave the occupation on our own terms we have chosen to follow our original strategy.
Although we are leaving the council chamber, the university remains occupied indefinitely by students, staff and others unwilling to watch our universities be dismantled and our elected representatives do nothing.
We stand in solidarity with Free Cooper Union, Occupy Sussex, Defend Education Birmingham, Sheffield Students Union, UCLU and all those who have taken action against the wanton destruction of higher education. The fight did not begin with us and it will not end here.
Join us. We are in constant session.
Protect the Public University – Warwick