The occupation ended voluntarily on December 6th – we decided to take the fight beyond Old Schools
On the morning of the 26th, Old Schools, the nerve centre of the University of Cambridge, was occupied in protest against fees and cuts. >facebook
Our action comes at a time when our education system and public sector are being destroyed by duplicitous politicians without a mandate, and University management is failing to speak out against these proposals. In fact, the University said it “welcomes” the possibility of charging up to £9,000.
The occupation of the Senior Combination Room of the Old Schools follows the protests on Wednesday 24 November, when one thousand Cambridge and ARU students, 6th formers, academics and residents took over the streets of Cambridge, hundreds breaching the fence to occupy Senate House lawn and issuing a statement: “We demand that the University completely oppose the increase in fees, fight against it, and fight against all cuts to education, welfare and all vital services”.
We have claimed this space to give students a voice in their University; everyone is welcome to join in or support the occupation in any way they can.
A few things you can do are:
Join the occupation
Bring food and bedding
Spread the word: tell your friends and get in touch to help leaflet
We need your support; whether you are a student, an academic or a security guard, speak out in favour of the occupation!
Camdefendeducation [at] gmail.com
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Why we chose this space
The Old Schools is the nerve centre of the University- this is where the decisions about which shape the future of the University are made. The Vice Chancellor, Finance Office and many other senior positions are housed in the Old Schools- we are in the belly of the beast. We are just next door to the Senate House, one of the most emblematic buildings in Cambridge.
We also chose the Senior Combination Room of the Old Schools because it is not a student space, so we are not disrupting the learning of students. We are right next to Caius Library, but of course we are not disturbing that space in any way. Please do come in for study breaks!
Senate House is an iconic location- this is where exams, graduations and big events happen. There is a graduation event on this weekend, we will make sure that it is in no way disrupted, and we assure the University that it can go ahead- any disturbance is the decision of the University.
Things that it would be really useful if people brought along/donated are:
- More bedding – sleeping bags, duvets
- Any money donations to Cambridge Defend Education would be much appreciated – contact firstname.lastname@example.org
All over the country, people are realising that we can no longer rely on the politicians or university management to do what is best for our education system and the country. We need to act together and act now- occupation is the proportionate response to a political system which is absolutely broken.
I want to help but I’m super busy!!
- Make sure you are on the announcements email list where we will be doing shoutouts of easy ways to help and updates- subscribe at https://lists.aktivix.org/mailman/listinfo/defend-education-announce
- Become a fan of Cambridge Defend Education on Facebook facebook.com/camdefendeducation
- We are doing our best to make sure that there is a quiet space where people can study- so please bring your books, computers and notebooks.
- Volunteer to do some leafleting- for as short as 15 minutes! email defend-education-outreach (at) lists.aktivix.org
- Do shout outs at the beginning of your lectures
- Talk to your supervisors, lecturers, friends.