Solidarity with the student occupation of Sidgwick site

As members of staff at the University of Cambridge and its Colleges, we send a message of solidarity to students at the University of Cambridge who have occupied a lecture block at the Sidgwick Site this week in support of the UCU strike and the demands of Unite and Unison.

Their student occupation commenced against the backdrop of the University voting in favour of devastating cuts to the USS pension, and during the fifth major UCU strike in the last four years. The students have stated their solidarity with staff members striking for a fair pension and against pay inequality, job insecurity and exploitative workloads. As well as the conditions and cuts faced by UCU members, members of Unite and Unison have seen attacks on their jobs and conditions through outsourcing, deterioration in their pay and rising workloads.

Rather than blaming staff for the disruption to their education, students have made clear that they have a common interest in standing with us to defend higher education from the relentless pressures of marketisation wreaking havoc across the sector. Staff working conditions are, by necessity, student learning conditions. We stand in solidarity with the occupation, just as students have stood together with us.

Cambridge students are not alone: The NUS has called for a national Strike for Education on March 2nd. Students across the country will stage a walkout.

We urge the University to respect students’ right to peaceful protest. We urge members of staff across the Collegiate University to sign this statement and to join the activities planned for March 2nd.


University of Cambridge UCU, Executive Committee

Add your name to the statement here

Read more from the occupation via Cambridge Defend Education here

Plus individual signatories include:

Anne Alexander Research Associate CRASSH / CDH
Adam Attaheri Research Associate Psychology
Robert Britten Teaching Associate, Director of Studies MMLL (German)
Natalia Buitron Assistant Professor Anthropology
Dylan Carver Special Supervisor, Newnham College English
Hero Chalmers College Teaching Officer English
Joe Cotton Communications Officer Department of Sociology
Nicolò Crisafi Research and Teaching Fellow in Italian at Pembroke MMLL Italian
Dan Davison PhD candidate and undergraduate supervisor Department of Sociology
Lucy Delap Professor History
Manali Desai UTO and DoS Sociology
Eleanor Drage Research associate Gender studies and LCFI
David Ewing PhD student French
Iosifina Foskolou Research Associate PDN
Christophe Gagne Teaching Officer MMLL
Mariana Galante Research Fellow
Priya Gopal Prof English
Luke Hawksbee Visiting lecturer, supervisor Sociology
Ronald Haynes University Senior Computer Officer University Information Services
Tom Hobson Research Associate CSER
David Hoey Graduate student Plant Sciences/SLCU
Iza Hussin Associate Professor/Fellow POLIS
Ruth Lawlor Junior Research Fellow, Queens’ College History
Sian Lazar Professor Social Anthropology
Hugo Leal Research Associate CRASSH
Kerry Anne Mackereth Postdoctoral Researcher POLIS
Amy Mason Research associate
Peter McMurray Associate Professor Music Faculty
Ella McPherson Associate Professor Department of Sociology
Pedro Mendes Loureiro Lecturer CLAS, POLIS, Fitzwilliam College
Jo Miller Affiliated Lecturer POLIS
Surer Mohamed Research Fellow Centre of African Studies
Monica Moreno Figueroa Associate Professor in Sociology Sociology
Chana Morgenstern Associate Professor English
Clement Mouhot Professor Faculty of Mathematics
Tobias Müller Affiliated Lecturer POLIS
Anjum Nahar Postgraduate President (Cambridge SU)
Francis Neary Editor Darwin Correspondence Project
Rune Nyrup Senior Research Associate Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence
Holly Porter University POLIS
Joeva Rock Assistant Professor POLIS
Jason Scott-Warren Professor Faculty of English
Ronak Soni Research Associate DAMTP
Ted Tregear Research Fellow English