Our University: Protest and Celebration on the Green Heart – 5th June

To mark the opening of the Green Heart, staff and students are holding an all day protest event to remind the VC David Eastwood and University management that this is our campus and #OurUniversity.

Between 12.30pm – 1.30pm, UNISON and UCU, together with students, will be holding a protest against the lack of democracy at the University and management’s refusal to pay and treat staff and students fairly. We will also celebrate all of our collective successes throughout the past year(s).


The Our University collective supports staff and student campaigns on campus and a genuinely democratic University run by and for the people who make it the amazing place it is. Campaigns we’re supporting so far:
– Real living wage for all;
– Divest from fossil fuel investments;
– Proper funding for Mental Health services;
– Decolonising the curriculum;
– Accessible, affordable and safe student housing;
– Safeguards for staff and students in Dubai and real support for LGBTQ rights;
– Oppose the casualisation and marketisation of our education;
– Support for disabled students and better student services;

– AND… bring back Guild Council in some form, replacing the ‘Your Ideas’ system with something that’s not crap so that we can make all of these awesome things actually happen;

We will be announcing speakers, performers and supporters over the coming weeks. Watch this space!

Confirmed speakers & supporters:
National President of UCU Nita Sanghera
NUS Disabled Students Officer Rachel O’Brien
NUS Black Students campaign
Disabled People Against Cuts
Disabled Students Association
Socialist Students & Marxist Students
UoB Fossil Free
UoB branches of UCU and UNISON
Birmingham University Labour Students (BULS)

Confirmed performers & musicians:
Banner Theatre Company
Josh Allen historian of community activism in Birmingham
UoB Music and Arts

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