Students hold ‘work-in’ at Warwick

The Daily Telegraph reports today on further developments in student protests at various universities:

Students at Warwick University last night began occupying the university social building for the beginning of  a week-long ‘work-in’ during the Easter vacation.

The official term ended yesterday, but several hundred students intend to continue it for a week, and say they will ‘turn Warwick into Britain’s first truly open university’.

They will continue their studies and trade unionists, members of the public, and students from other universities have been invited to attend lectures, discussions and teach-ins.

Miss B Devlin, MP, is due to speak on Wednesday and several members of the academic staff have agreed to lecture during the occupation.

The ‘work-in’ is being held as a protest against the university’s alleged policy of keeping files on staff and students.  Protests over the same issue continued at several other universities.

By a majority of 120, Mr Alexander ‘Sandy’ Macmillan was elected President of the Liverpool University Guild of Undergraduates last night.

Despite the narrow margin, this was regarded as a victory for the moderates, but the militants are still occupying the Senate House, the university’s administrative headquarters.  […]

At Leeds University the 600 students who have occupied the £250,000 Cornwallis Building – which houses computers, lecture theatres and administrative offices – for the past ten days said they would not leave the building until their demands are met.

A spokesman said: “Our demands are that we be allowed access to our personal files, that there is no victimisation and that we are allowed a democratic representation on all university committees, including the Senate.”

At Keele University, lecturers called on students to pay for the loss of property and damage caused when militant students staged a 13-hour ‘sit-in’ in their senior common room.  […]

Students at York University are to discuss a motion on Monday objecting to the university’s intention of awarding an honorary doctorate to Sir Frederic Seebohm, on the grounds that he is chairman of Barclays Bank DCO, a company which they say “plays a generally important role in South Africa.”


Author: Gerry

Retired college teacher living in Liverpool, UK.

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