“We believe that the current proposed cuts to university funding threaten the existence of arts and humanities education in England and Wales. It is for this reason that we have made the decision to occupy the Slade School of Art building. We demand that the government provide the same protection for arts and humanities in universities as is provided for the sciences. We vehemently oppose the transformation of the university system into market based model; education should be a public debate, not a private economy.
- A statement from the UCL provost condemning the cuts to arts and humanities courses and stating the intrinsic value of these courses within higher education.
- A statement from the UCL provost guaranteeing the protection of the Slade’s courses as they are. This means preserving the current staff to student ratio, protecting facilities and space and continuing funding for visiting lecturers.
- A statement from the UCL provost guaranteeing the survival and continued funding of all other humanities courses within UCL.
- Free access in and out of the building 24 hours for all students, peers and speakers for the duration of the occupation.
- Ensure no victimisation or repercussions for anyone participating in the occupation.”