One of the criticisms we’ve drawn is that we’re disrupting other students’ education, in contradiction with our call for better access for all to education across the country. So we’ve worked hard to make sure the minimal disruption has been caused (ensuring that students who needed to use Appleton Tower to study were allowed access, for example) — and now we can claim that we’ve enhanced other students education!
While the University unilaterally decided to cancel lectures in our occupied theatre, we’ve been encouraging students and teachers to come on down anyway. Hugo Gorringe, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, did just that, inviting his tutorial in Social and Political Movements to come along to the occupied theatre to learn.
“What better place to talk about social movement outcomes than in a place where people are involved in social activism,” he told us, after his tutorial had finished. Members of the public and students from other courses and the occupation had also joined in, which he was particularly pleased about. “It would have defeated the object if it had just been class members, so I’m very pleased that people involved stayed and took part and contributed to discussions,” he said. “The class discussion worked well, people were welcoming, they joined in, and really engaged.”
He finished by telling us that his class had been improved by taking place at the occupation. “One thing I’ve learned in teaching is that people learn best when you can relate the course material to things that matter to them,” he explained. So we’d like to welcome more lecturers to come on down and teach us a thing or to! Everyone is welcome.