Stop Fees, Stop Cuts Birmingham University has announced that the University of Birmingham has dropped all the cases that they were investigating against 15 students who they had alleged had broken university rules during a peaceful occupation held last month.
he University of Birmingham has backed down from an increasingly embarrassing attempt to discipline 15 students.
The Vice Chancellor David Eastwood received criticism from religious leaders, MP’s, unions and prominent academics including Professor Noam Chomsky and John McDonnell MP.
10 students from the University of Birmingham are facing disciplinary action following the occupation of the Maths/Physics bridge on the 17th Jan
Stop Fees and Cuts Birmingham reports on their blog:
Ten University of Birmingham students are facing disciplinary action that could lead to expulsion after a peaceful sit-in that ended with forceful eviction by university security and the police.
The University has seemingly singled out students who they perceive to be politically active in an attempt to victimise them. Twenty-five students participated in the occupation; ten students are facing disciplinary procedures including one who was not even involved. The hearings will take place on Wednesday, 2nd February.
The students cannot graduate until the matter is resolved and it may affect their career prospects. Lucy Whalley, a final-year physics student says “I want to apply for PGCE after I graduate but this is holding me back and I cannot apply until this matter is resolved”.
A number of students were injured by the police and security in the eviction and are reported to be pressing charges.
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Students at the University of Birmingham who occupied the Maths/Physics bridge yesterday in protest about education cuts, staffing cuts and tuition fees have reported that
Last night students determined to remain in occupation and create an area for free and constructive debate, where removed by excessive force by university security assist by the police.
Please read their accounts on their blog
Students at the university of Birmingham have occupied the Physics/Maths bridge in protest about cuts in education.
Is their blog, you can also follow one of the occupiers on twitter @stopcutsbrum
At the moment, security are not allowing other students to enter the occupation, and they are denying access to toilets and water to students who are occupying.
Please follow updates on their blog, at the moment students are asking everyone to call the VC to demand access to the occupation and access to toilets and water for occupying students.
The student protests and occupations at the end of 2010 provided a huge amount of inspiration and momentum for the anti-cuts movement, and students have continually shown solidarity and support for the wider anti-cuts agenda, refusing to focus purely on university cuts and students fees and maintaining a wider focus, not just on education cuts but on cuts as a whole, and they deserve our support and solidarity now.
Please watch the blog or follow on twitter, call the VC and demand they allow the occupation to be open.
I am not publishing the number here because once access has been granted, we no longer need to try to flood the university switchboard with calls, and I will not be able to update this site as quickly as the students own blog.