14 September 2012

London Met Solidarity Demonstrations

Right across the country UCU Branches and others have organised lunchtime demonstrations, here are some photo’s of just some of them. Many UCU branches, and other organisations including The TUC and The Green Party have passed motions of support for London Met. Below the photo’s is the text from Sheffield Hallam University UCU branch, it can be used as a model motion for your branch.

Solidarity with London Met UCU and London Met international students

This branch condemns the decision of the UK Border Agency to revoke the licence of London Metropolitan University and to threaten international students with deportation.

It believes this action by the UK Border Agency threatens the ability of all UK universities to recruit overseas students.

The branch calls on all members to:

  • Sign the petition calling for amnesty for London Met international students currently studying in the UK.
  • Write to their MPs asking them to support the Early Day Motion 437 tabled by Jeremy Corbyn MP (see below).
  • Support a short lunchtime rally at 12.00 noon in Hallam Square on Friday 14th September, in support of London Met international students.

 

Text of EDM 437

That this House calls on the Home Secretary to reverse the decision of the UK Border Agency to suspend London Metropolitan University’s right to recruit overseas students; believes it is grossly unfair on those existing overseas students who attend university and will now be forced to move elsewhere or face removal from the UK; further calls on the Home Office and the university to work together to resolve any administrative issues and not threaten the future of the university; and also believes that this decision has very damaging and serious consequences for every university and will further deter overseas students from choosing to study in the UK.

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