Voice of Revolutionary Students

Friday, February 27, 2009

Plymouth end occupations after scholarships are won

Plymouth ended their occupation late last night after discussions with the Vice Chancellor. They won 6 scholarships for students from the University of Gaza and a promise that the university will send aid and surplus materials to Gaza. None of the students involved with face repercussions and the campaign will continue as they students try to get an ethical investment policy established at the university.

They negotiated the following:

- 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.

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