Students march across campus in protest at job cuts
A group of students marched across campus today holding a petition gathered on a long sheet of paper. Chanting “no ifs, no buts, no education cuts” and “they say cut back, we say fight back”, the students stopped outside the Parkinson building, outside the Ziff building, outside the Students’ Union and outside the Roger Stevens building to have speeches in protest that up to 700 staff jobs are planned to be cut by their university. They despaired that they were likely to be ignored by the Vice-Chancellor, who had already declared in Senate that the majority of emails he received from students on the subject of job cuts and compulsory redundancies were “irrelevant”. Across campus, surprised members of staff looked gratefully out from their office windows, or came out to see what the commotion was about, to be greeted by students offering solidarity with them as they face uncertainty over their future employment. The students finished their speeches with a call for all students to support any industrial action that the campus unions might be obliged to take by obdurate management.
Listen to the students’ voices here
See below for more images of today’s protest.
Update: In fairness, we should point out that the VC has subsequently pointed out to us that he has no memory of stating in Senate that the majority of emails he received from students were ‘irrelevant’.