London Metropolitan University under occupation
Campaigners have occupied London Metropolitan University in protest at plans for restructuring. The planned changes involve the sacking of large numbers of staff and closing of departments and facilities throughout the university.
The occupiers have released the following statement:
This is part of the campaign against London Metropolitan Universities plans to restructure. Read here for more
London’s biggest university- London Metropolitan University- is in the grips of a massive financial crisis threatening the entire future of the university.
1- The Government recently found that London Met had claimed that it had 7,000 more students than it actually did.
2- Every university receives an amount of money as funding PER STUDENT, so London Met had received millions of pounds too much.
3- Not only has London met been ordered to pay back the money (which it doesn’t have), but the budget has also been cut by £15 million a year.
4- To attempt to recover the money, London Met plans to impose devastating cuts- ONE IN FOUR members of staff are being made redundant, ALL BUT TWO libraries are to be closed (one City, one North), the Nursery will be closed, and many modules and courses are being closed.
5- In short, those who are not responsible for the financial problems are being punished for them- the staff and students.
6- The university is being run as a business, yet if it is a business then we the students are the customers, so why have the management not informed us and ACTIVELY LIED to us about the crisis and the cuts?
7- By losing OVER HALF OF OUR STAFF on some courses, we will not be able to continue receiving the standard of education we have been. The University cannot survive these cuts.
8- There is good news- YOU can help save the university. Everyone can. Any student or member of staff willing to get up and do something about this can stand up and fight.
9- It is a lot easier to help than you think [see below]. Let those who have already done so much for the campaign and have already started turning things around be your example.
10- We have received enormous media coverage and over 50 MPs have expressed deep concern at our situation.