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Press Statement- 11th December 11pm

December 12, 2010

News from the occupation

We have had our protest limited. The management have decided that if we leave the room for any reason other than to go to the toilet, we will not be let back in. We were informed about this policy after we had already outlined our exit strategy. Regretfully there was no management body available to discuss this. It should also be noted that we are aware that this was not securities decision and that they are just following orders from their superiors. We, as an occupation would like to extend our respect and thanks to security for the decency and integrity with which they have conducted themselves and the respect they have shown us throughout our time in D floor.

We are still continuing our peaceful protest as ever and a core group have dedicated themselves to staying till the end. It is regretful that many people cannot stay due to prior commitments and work deadlines, however we sincerely appreciate the help and input of all members whether they came for an hour or stayed overnight.

Even though you can’t get in the room anymore you can show support by going and sitting peacefully in the canteen on D floor in the atrium.

We would like to thank everybody who has helped us in the face of this new development by helping us with supplies and sending messages of support, these gestures hold so much value to those who are staying.

The occupation has been planned to end on Monday the 13th at 8.45am. It would be appreciated and welcomed if you come and show your support for us in the atrium at the time of our leaving; this extends to all of our supporters and well-wishers.

We wish to stress that this leaving has no relation to the change in access and we feel that our time in occupation has run its course and feel it would be better to end now rather than have the occupation lose sight of its goals.

We can confirm that further action will be taking place throughout this academic year.

For further information please join the Bradford occupation Facebook group or our mailing list by emailing:

bradfordstudentsagainstthecuts@gmail.com

Press Statement- 11th December 11pm

December 12, 2010

News from the occupation

We have had our protest limited. The management have decided that if we leave the room for any reason other than to go to the toilet, we will not be let back in. We were informed about this policy after we had already outlined our exit strategy. Regretfully there was no management body available to discuss this. It should also be noted that we are aware that this was not securities decision and that they are just following orders from their superiors. We, as an occupation would like to extend our respect and thanks to security for the decency and integrity with which they have conducted themselves and the respect they have shown us throughout our time in D floor.

We are still continuing our peaceful protest as ever and a core group have dedicated themselves to staying till the end. It is regretful that many people cannot stay due to prior commitments and work deadlines, however we sincerely appreciate the help and input of all members whether they came for an hour or stayed overnight.

Even though you can’t get in the room anymore you can show support by going and sitting peacefully in the canteen on D floor in the atrium.

We would like to thank everybody who has helped us in the face of this new development by helping us with supplies and sending messages of support, these gestures hold so much value to those who are staying.

The occupation has been planned to end on Monday the 13th at 8.45am. It would be appreciated and welcomed if you come and show your support for us in the atrium at the time of our leaving; this extends to all of our supporters and well-wishers.

We wish to stress that this leaving has no relation to the change in access and we feel that our time in occupation has run its course and feel it would be better to end now rather than have the occupation lose sight of its goals.

We can confirm that further action will be taking place throughout this academic year.

For further information please join the Bradford occupation Facebook group or our mailing list by emailing:

bradfordstudentsagainstthecuts@gmail.com

Results of today

December 10, 2010

we are still in occupation, and everything is going well.

We want to send  a big thank you to the SOAS University

just to let people know that our fellow students are safe – if not very nearly safe at SOAS University of London.

more info to follow.

Videos of the occupation

December 9, 2010

 

 

Latest update

December 9, 2010

Our protest is now underway on several fronts. We are continuing the
occupation and using the liberated space to liase with the media and
spread awareness. Our representatives are working in conjunction with
the workers union UNITE, to pursue positive dialogue with the local
council. Meanwhile our 50 or so representatives in London are showing
solidarity with the national movement by participating in the mass
protest.

We’d like to extend our thanks to the staff and security at the
university for their co-operatation and friendly engagement that has
enabled us to protest both peacefully and effectively. It is important
to recognise that honest and open dialogue is the key factor in
avoiding unwanted confrontation, which is both unnecessary and
unhelpful in achieving the wider aims of the movement.

We would also like to clarify our stance on the protest action today
in London given the expectations of heavy police presence and
possibility for conflict. Our representatives are there to protest
peacefully, alongside thousands of other students with whom we stand.
Media attention historically focuses on what goes wrong at these
protests, which is usually caused by a minority of protestors. We
would ask people who are watching the marches today to note how the
majority of the students conduct themselves and to take inspiration
from that.

 

 

Achievements of the Bradford University Occupiers on Tuesday the 7th

December 7, 2010

 

  • Occupation going strong
  • Created and distributed leaflets across Bradford city centre, primarily focusing on the University campus.
  • We then set up media liaison team, they spoke to Telegraph and Argus, BBC Look North, ITV Calendar, BCB radio.
    http://www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/news/8722653.Students_occupy_part_of_Bradford_University_in_fees_protest/
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-bradford-west-yorkshire-11934679 http://www.itv.com/yorkshire/fullprogramme/?intcmp=NAV_CALENDAR0_FULLPROG4
  • We have been in negotiations with senior management.
  • Hung banners in public spaces across the university.
  • Vice Chancellor replied to our demands via his personal blog, stating his personal views about the possible rise of tuition fees and cuts to education, which was one of the occupation’s objectives. http://blogs.brad.ac.uk/from-the-vc/
  • Petitions signed by students and staff around and on university campus. We received around a thousand signatures.
  • In less than an hour over 400 postcards were signed by local school children within the Bradford East Constituency from just two colleges alone with representatives of the occupation.
  • A bus load of students from the occupation went to David Ward’s (Liberal Democrat MP for Bradford East) constituency office to support other student activists handing in the post cards. As part of this action a meeting with David Ward has been scheduled for Thursday in London.
  • Marsha Singh (Labour MP for Bradford West) gave his full support to our occupation, he has also promised to vote against the raise in tuition fees on Thursday.
  • The occupation continues…

University of Bradford Vice Chancellor Releases Statement in response to Student Occupation

December 7, 2010

After occupying the management suite of the University of Bradford on Monday evening, a group of students with the support of the University of Bradford Union of Students issued a set a demands directed at the Vice Chancellor, Mark Cleary. They aimed to get the Vice-Chancellor to publicly release a statement condemning the government’s proposed rise in the cap of tuition fees. This afternoon this statement was uploaded to the Vice Chancellor’s personal blog on the University of Bradford’s website (http://blogs.brad.ac.uk/from-the-vc/2010/12/07/student-protests/#comments)

Student protests

December 07, 2010 ( 1 Comment )

There have been a number of protests by staff and especially students across the country in advance of Thursday’s parliamentary vote on the Browne Review. I have held many meetings with staff and students in which I have expressed my concerns over this fundamental shift over both the funding and, potentially, the academic balance, of higher education. I can fully understand the anxiety that students have for the costs that their brothers and sisters and other family members are likely to face if they wish to go to university in the future.

I have been vociferous both within the institution and at national university meetings such as Universities UK about the nature and impact of the changes proposed. I do not believe they have been fully thought through and feel that they threaten the aspirations of many people who wish to experience the benefits of a university education.

We have to remember that 44% of our students are locally based and nearly 60% come from low income families.  Irrespective of my personal views, I have consistently refused to sign public letters in support of the proposed changes.  I do not believe it is my role to intervene directly in supporting particular political positions. Whatever the outcome of Thursday’s vote the University will continue its policy of attracting and supporting students from all backgrounds and in ensuring that the University is as inclusive as possible in all that it does. If the changes are voted through on Thursday we will have a significant task in ensuring the University of Bradford remains true to its values on inclusivity. I am confident that with the support of staff and students we will be able to achieve that.

 

The occupying students welcome this timely statement, and welcome the respectful and supportive manner in which they have been treated by the University management and security staff. However, the occupiers have come to a consensus to continue the occupation both to continue planning further actions over the coming days, and to show solidarity with the continuing student occupations across the country. Tomorrow, the occupiers have organised a demonstration of all students and supporters in Bradford who will meet at 12.30pm at the University of Bradford Atrium, before marching into Centenary Square.

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