Save ULU: Lobby the University of London Council

This Friday, ULU might get abolished. Come and show your support for us this Friday! Gather at Senate House at 8am on Friday 3rd May for a lobby of the Council.

For more info, see our press release:

London’s only city-wide union will fight closure

On Friday morning, the University of London Council will decide whether or not to abolish its students union, the University of London Union (ULU). ULU represents more than 120,000 students across London, and is currently the only union which represents students across the city.

ULU has played a high profile role in recent years as a hub of campaigning activity and mobilisation against tuition fees and for workers’ rights. It also hosts a large array of societies and activites, and has recently begun work on establishing a London-wide tenants’ union. Over the past year, the ULU has gone through a radical review of its structures, opening up its democracy and introducing a full-time women’s officer.

The move to shut down ULU comes after the report of a Review panel, which had no student members. Despite positive reports from local student unions and a clear plan of action for expanding ULU into a pan-London union, the Review recommends the abolition of ULU from summer 2014. Under the plans, ULU would be stripped of its building, services and resources, and its representational wing would be farmed out to an as yet undefined and unresourced future.

Students, staff and alumni have opposed the plans and urged the University Council to reconsider.

Val Shawcross, London Assembly Member for Lambeth and Southwark, said: ”As a former ULU member and Student Unionist I believe that independent self-managing student unions are an important part of our political democratic culture in the UK. Times are hard for students at the moment so it’s even more important that they can run their own services and represent the interests of students to the University and to the Government.”

Michael Chessum, ULU President, said: “Any move to abolish ULU on Friday would be totally illegitimate and hugely negative for the students in London. It would also set a dangerous precedent for University managements to move in with no mandate and shut down democratically run unions. Universities and colleges need vibrant, democratic organisation and debate as part of their academic culture. If the University goes ahead with this on Friday, they will be saying far more about their own mortality as an institution than they are about us. And the battle won’t end there.”

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