Statement in Support of Students in Occupation

The University of Manchester University and College Union Executive wholeheartedly supports the peaceful, non-violent building occupation by our fantastic students, who treat Social Responsibility as something to be acted upon, not as a marketing ploy or corporate window-dressing. We call on the University to allow free access to the space. We are enormously proud of them for bringing attention to the important issues they have highlighted in their demands and grateful for the support they are giving to University staff. This comes at a time when management is seeking to make detrimental changes to the terms and conditions of all staff at the University and where compulsory redundancies are increasingly likely. We applaud the important campaigning work of Free Education Manchester, who are effectively raising awareness of the detrimental effects of the marketisation of education on both staff and students.

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