On the day of the Westminster University occupation, two days before UEA’s day of action against fees and cuts, senior management sent an email to the anti-cuts campaign. Clearly, they had seen what was going on at Westminster and are afraid of the National Campaign’s wave of action spreading to their campus. Here is the letter they sent:
I understand that you are involved in organising the ‘Day of Action’
protest planned for 3 March. The Vice-Chancellor will not be on campus on Wednesday, but the
Pro-Vice Chancellor (Academic), Professor Tom Ward would be willing to
meet with a small delegation to explain to you the University’s position in relation
to HE cuts. Would you be willing to speak to him to outline your concerns?
I am happy to help facilitate this meeting. I am sure that a discussion
between students and a very senior member of the University could be extremely
valuable in helping to enhance mutual understanding and identify ways that we can all
work together to limit the impact of the current government spending cuts on
the quality of the UEA student experience.
Please let me know if I can do anything to help.
A UEA anti-cuts campaigner says,
“Turns out that our day of action falls on the same day as an open day!
The management are clearly shitting themselves. We have obviously refused
a private meeting during our day of action, but have offered them another
meeting where we can properly elect our delegation!
University management is obviously trying to intimidate us.”