Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/531/4057

From The Socialist newspaper, 30 April 2008

Manchester University

Students stage occupation

At 4pm on Tuesday 22 April, around 300 University of Manchester students gathered for a campus demonstration to express their anger at the way the university is run.

Abby Taylor, Manchester University Socialist Students

Students feel that the number of contact hours is insufficient, and that resources in the library are limited compared to the ever-increasing number of students. An increased focus on online learning has proved contentious among students, who call for a return to face-to-face discussions.

An estimated 650 jobs have been cut across the university in the last year or so. Some staff now do the job of three people for the same wage, which of course affects students as well.

Despite the demonstration having a very peaceful, 'carnival-like' atmosphere, police blocked off part of the road and then linked arms to form a barrier between the students and their own university buildings! Calling: "Whose street? Our street!" the protesters pushed through. Having broken through the police line, the march continued to the Arthur Lewis building, where a debate was held with the aim of drawing up a list of demands on the university management. The sit-in lasted until almost 8pm.

The Arthur Lewis building represents the way that students see the university going - a swipe-card system means students must book an appointment with the relevant staff member in advance in order to have their cards codified. Feminist socialist lecturer, Sheila Rowbotham pointed out the following day that it was already a student building: all we were doing was reclaiming it.

A group called Reclaim the Uni organised the demonstration, with ever-growing numbers on Facebook, and comprised of students from many different faculties and political allegiances. Although the fight for a free education is a broad theme of the campaign, the focus is on the specific problems at Manchester University, which appeals to many students on campus.

Manchester Socialist Students are calling for further demonstrations to maintain the momentum of the Reclaim the Uni campaign. The demands which were agreed include a minimum cap of 12 hours per week for face-to-face contact hours and support for free education. See www.socialiststudents.org.uk for a longer report and the full demands.

The following day the student union called a meeting on campus. Socialist Party member David Beale was a speaker, along with Marxist academics, Terry Eagleton and Sheila Rowbotham, who both face forced retirements. David called for regular meetings between staff and students - a suggestion that was taken up by student activists at the meeting.

  • In a personal capacity, I would like to thank everyone who sent messages of support to us during the sit-in - they have been passed to Reclaim the Uni campaigners.
  • Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.


    In The Socialist 30 April 2008:

    Public sector strike shows fightback has begun!

    A week of strikes shakes government

    Grangemouth oil refinery strike

    Reports of the 24 April strikes


    Socialist Party campaigns

    Stop PFI pirates wrecking our NHS

    Saving our post offices!


    Socialist Party election campaigns

    Socialist councillors back teachers

    "Why I am standing against Labour"


    Socialist Students

    Students stage occupation


    Anti-racism

    Love Music Hate Racism

    German anti-fascist demo


    International socialist news and analysis

    Bolivia - right-wing coup threat


    Socialist Party workplace news

    Lincoln rejects insulting pay offer

    Defend Eddie Fleming

    Unison witch-hunt

    Corus Trostre, further job losses


     

    Home   |   The Socialist 30 April 2008   |   Join the Socialist Party

    Subscribe   |   Donate  




    Related links:

    Students:

    triangleLiverpool John Moores Uni landslide for Socialist Students

    trianglePlans to launch no-cuts campaign at Kirklees College

    triangleDemonstrations by uni students and staff greet Bath vice-chancellor resignation

    triangleSocialist Students national conference

    triangleBrighton Uni lecturers strike against job cuts

    Occupation:

    triangleScotland: BiFab workers' occupation and march secures jobs and pay guarantee

    triangleHousing crisis: Corbyn's positive measures blanked by Labour's right

    triangleStudent occupation at Chelsea College of Arts

    trianglePalestinian prisoners on mass hunger strike protest

    University:

    triangleThem & us

    triangleSocialist Students day of action demands free education

    triangleSocialism 2017 Socialist Students meet-up

    Manchester:

    triangleNorth West: drivers and housing workers escalate strike wave

    triangleThe Socialist inbox

    Socialist Students:

    triangleLively student demonstration for free education could have been much bigger

    Reports and campaigns

    Reports and campaigns

    7/12/17

    RMT

    Anti-DOO lobby of Liverpool's transport committee

    7/12/17

    Blacklisting

    Unite protest against blacklisting

    6/12/17

    Donald Trump

    Mobilise to stop bigoted billionaire Donald Trump's state visit to Britain

    6/12/17

    Transport

    Arriva bus strikers stand firm

    6/12/17

    Pensions

    BT pensions review - oppose the attacks on the pension schemes

    6/12/17

    PCS

    Driving examiners walkout hits first day of new test

    6/12/17

    Newham

    School staff strike against privatisation

    6/12/17

    Rail

    Brutal rail privateer Abellio takes over Midlands rail services

    6/12/17

    PCS

    PCS Left Unity celebrates 40th anniversary at annual conference

    6/12/17

    North Yorkshire

    Court maintains injunction against fracking protesters

    6/12/17

    Waltham Forest

    Waltham Forest Universal Credit protest

    6/12/17

    Coventry

    Coventry Socialist sales hit 1,000

    6/12/17

    TUSC

    TUSC conference to debate 2018 elections

    6/12/17

    Liverpool

    Liverpool John Moores Uni landslide for Socialist Students

    6/12/17

    Kirklees

    Plans to launch no-cuts campaign at Kirklees College

    triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


    Join the Socialist Party
    Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
    Donate to the Socialist Party

    triangle8 Dec Local government pay: fight for the full 5% claim

    triangle6 Dec Strikers rally in Liverpool

    triangle6 Dec Corbyn's Labour can defeat Tories with socialist programme

    triangle5 Dec Victory at Glenfield shows people power can save our NHS

    triangle5 Dec Labour council Blairites deselected

    triangle30 Nov Victory: Glenfield Children's Heart Centre saved!

    triangle30 Nov Dramatic retelling of Grunwick strike

    More ...

    triangle11 Dec Leeds Socialist Party: Campaigning workshop

    triangle11 Dec Bristol North Socialist Party: Christmas Quiz

    triangle12 Dec Birmingham South East Socialist Party: Can the Labour Party be changed?

    triangle12 Dec Liverpool Socialist Party: Fighting council cuts

    More ...

    Socialist Party Facebook page
    Socialist Party on Twitter
    Visit us on Youtube

    Archive

    Archives:

    December 2017

    November 2017

    October 2017

    September 2017

    August 2017

    July 2017

    June 2017

    May 2017

    April 2017

    March 2017

    February 2017

    January 2017

    2016

    2015

    2014

    2013

    2012

    2011

    2010

    2009

    2008

    2007

    2006

    2005

    2004

    2003

    2002

    2001

    2000

    1999

    Legal

    SP RSS feed RSS

    Platform setting: = No platform choice

    V2