**STATEMENT OF OCCUPATION**

Of interest for readers of the blog, a statement from student activists occupying a conference facility at University of Warwick

Warwick for Free Education

Today, a group of student activists have occupied ‘The Slate’ – Warwick’s brand new £5.3 million conference facility – in protest against the disastrous direction in which higher education is being pushed, and our own institution’s complicity in that agenda.

We are at a truly pivotal moment for higher education. This government is set to usher in the full marketisation of the sector, with devastating consequences for both students and staff. Student debt is set to rise, academics will be pushed to breaking point, and private companies will be given a free pass to take over and profit from public universities driven to collapse.

This is the product of years of students being treated as consumers and universities being run as businesses, the impact of which is felt very strongly here at Warwick. As we sit in this cutting edge facility purpose-built for external companies and businesses, students and staff…

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