UAL Occupation’s first general assembly
On 19 March, students from the University of the Arts London occupied the reception area of Central Saint Martins Granary Building in protest. Their demands were clear: they were protesting the cuts to 800 places across foundation courses, and the lack of places for students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Recently, the management of University of the Arts London took these occupiers to court in an attempt to end the occupation, naming charges against 15 students, including elected UAL SU sabbatical officer Shelly Asquith. The court granted an injunction inhibiting the protesters from using occupation as a protest tool. UAL stayed in occupation for a total of 26 nights and left Central Saint Martins’ premises almost a month after the occupation, on 14 April.