Last term, six Sussex students were suspended for taking part in the occupation of their VC’s office in protest against cuts. Following a hundreds-strong occupation and a thousand-strong general meeting, coinciding with a UCU strike, which voted no confidence in university management, they have been reinstated. The battle against cuts continues.
Sussex students have built a powerful campaign, made strong links with lecturers and other campus workers in struggle and pushed their management onto the back foot. How did they do it? The National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts is organising a speaker tour with activists from Sussex Stop the Cuts, including reinstated student Patrick Rolfe, to spread the lessons of their struggle and build the national anti-cuts movement.
The tour will take place at the end of April and the start of May. Dates confirmed so far:
Leeds University – 21 April, 5pm, Meeting Room 4 in the ARC, Leeds University Union. Facebook event here.
University of East Anglia – 22 April
Manchester Metropolitan University – 28 April
Surrey University – 7.15pm, 5 May, Lecture Theater TD1, University Of Surrey, Guildford
There will also be meetings at Westminster, UCL, Kent, Cambridge, Oxford, Sheffield, Hull, Birmingham, Gloucester and Newcastle – dates tbc.
If you would like to organise a meeting at your college or university email firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 07775 763 750.