Friday, 27 February 2009

4th day - Victory!

We had a meeting yesterday evening at 6 o'clock in order to discuss our collective views on the letter from Professor Wendy Purcell. Though we all agree that the conclusions outlined by the VC in her letter are a fantastic achievement for all of us, and is sufficient to draw our occupation to a close, we acknowledge that this is inevitably only the beginning. We, as students, intend to work with the Students' Union to ensure that the University management will keep their word.

Our achievements are as follows;

- The University of Plymouth will set up a humanitarian scholarships scheme, for students that for reasons of war, natural disaster or other calamity, are unable to continue to study at their home university. This will be a yearly recurring scheme, and the first 6 scholarships will be offered specifically to students of University of Gaza for the next academic year.

- The University of Plymouth will work with the other 30+ occupied universities to send aid and surplus materials to Gaza as a collective.

- Delegates from the occupation along with members of the Students' Union will put forward their case for an ethical investment plan (something that the University of Plymouth currently does not have) in six weeks time. This will include ending links with BAE Systems and an on-campus boycott of Israeli goods.

- There will be no legal, financial, or academic measures taken against anyone involved in or supporting the occupation.

We're all very proud of our university for making these decisions so quickly and so reasonably. The next big thing for us is the ethical investments plan meeting in 6 weeks time, for which we'll be doing a lot of work.
We're incredibly grateful to anyone that supported our occupation, including those of other universities that sent messages of support and solidarity. Together we've dispelled the myth that we simply cannot make a difference.

In solidarity
Plymouth Occupying Students

1 comment:

  1. Well done for winning those scholarships and getting some support sent out to Gaza. Good luck with creating an ethical investment policy at the university. Keep us posted on how it goes.
    Well done for a successful occupation.