Sit-in students under fire

The Echo this afternoon reports the end of the occupation and an attack on it by Professor Farmer – Caroline Farmer’s father:

Professor ED Farmer, pro-Vice Chancellor at Liverpool University, today condemned the action of the sit-in students, who have occupied the Senate House for the past eleven days and left the building just before noon today.

Speaking at a ceremony for the conferring of degrees, Professor Farmer said, ‘It is a matter for great regret that there is a small number of students and others who have declared their intentions to disrupt the administration of the university. In doing so, they are diverting the university from its proper functions.

He described the sit-in students as ‘a small but vocal minority, seemingly intent on preventing others from getting on with their work.’

Nine overseas students received degrees today and, said Professor farmer, it was usual for many nationalities to be represented at conferment ceremonies.

“We have benefitted from the cosmopolitan influences that many different cultures and personalities bring to an academic community.  We are a multi-racial university, as our history shows.  It is, therefore, somewhat surprising and disappointing to hear the accusation of racialism that eminate from a section of our students and their friends.'”[…]

Just before noon about 200 students ended their sit-in and streamed out of the building in Abercrombey Square.  Mr Richard Davies, a final year Law student, said: “We are not going out feeling we have lost.  The sit-in has made people more aware of the problems”.  He added, “I personally am extremely worried about the charges against ten students.

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Author: Gerry

Retired college teacher living in Liverpool, UK.

1 thought on “Sit-in students under fire”

  1. “Surprising and disappointing” only to those in denial. But the “accusation of racialism” against the University would be entirely understandable to anyone who chose to ask one simple question: why was Lord Salisbury, a vocal champion of white supremacist views, selected and then defended as Chancellor by the University authorities?

    My views on many things have matured and changed with the passage of the years. But this straightforward question seems just as pertinent today, forty years on, as it did then.

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