CUSU stands in full solidarity with the students occupying Old Schools, and we support their demands. We call on the University to ensure that there are no penalties of any kind for the students involved in the occupation, and in the interim to allow free and open access to the occupiers. Students have a right to protest and hold the university to account for its treatment of striking workers and its refusal to take the steps necessary to end the strike.
As a Students’ Union, we stand up for the rights of our members and will always fight to protect students’ education. We know that these strikes are about just that: staff teaching conditions are our learning conditions, and we refuse to stand by while our Higher Education system collapses. By reclaiming space within the University and hosting teach-ins and skillshares, students have shown that they are prepared to take their education into their own hands.
All staff deserve fair pay and pensions, and we will continue to show solidarity with UCU and those occupying for as long as is necessary. The Sabbatical Officers will be visiting the occupiers to make sure that students are safe and understand their rights. We will also be liaising with the University so that the strikes can come to as swift a conclusion as possible.
We’ll still be coordinating breakfast runs from the SU Mezzanine, every strike day at 8.30am and 10.30am, and the SU Lounge is an open study space for anyone during the strikes. We’re also coordinating book sharing and mentoring - for more information is available on our website.