We, concerned students of St Andrews University, are occupying this space in a gesture of defiance to the Government’s policy of raising the cap on tuition fees, instigating cuts and to the commercialisation of education in absolutely any form.
We are also protesting the University’s support of these policies, demonstrated by their stance on the Browne report. We demand that the University reverse this stance and stand behind a policy of no front-line teaching staff cuts and no staff cuts whatsoever until the University is held accountable for its actions.
We stand in solidarity with our fellow students and the thousands of talented and intelligent young people whose futures will be destroyed because they cannot afford to purchase an education that for which they shouldn’t have to pay.
Louise Richardson may have forgotten that education is a right and not a privilege but we have not and the Occupation is a gesture that shows we will fight for such rights. We believe that this is a peaceful and legitimate form of protest and that no member of the Occupation should be victimised as a result of participating in such.