The anticipation within the group is palpable ahead of this afternoon’s rally, which could prove to be vitally important for our campaign. At 1pm we will be gathering outside reception on campus along with tutors, staff and students from the university, as well as some supporters from outside Trinity. This rally will be the first of its kind in the history of the college, and we are hoping for a huge success to help spearhead our movement.
There has been much preparation leading up to this afternoon over the previous week, including flyering across campus to get the word around, using Facebook to publicise the event and a banner painting session last night at the occupation. It’s been both stressful and fun utilizing the effort of everybody involved to try and make this afternoon as great as possible. Now, we wait.
One of the things we hope for most to come from today is that tutors will come out in their droves to support our cause, stand side by side with us and demand justice for education. The very least we expect from the rally is to raise awareness of the issues which now plague our education system, both locally and nationally. If we can inform students on campus of the problems they may face as a result of these savage and poorly orchestrated cuts, we will have succeeded in achieving one of the purest of our aims.
This should be achieved by the speakers who are set to take to the soap box later this afternoon. These speakers include students from Trinity who have been integral in the development of the occupation and its progress, and indeed campaigners from various local anti-cuts movements whose support we greatly appreciate. Everybody here is extremely excited to hear from them!
We are not just expecting to see students and tutors there outside reception, but also other members of staff from the university. The threats that these recent developments pose to our education, our institution and indeed everybody who is employed within it are very real. This growing concern inspires us to let the truth be known and encourage everyone involved with Leeds Trinity to join us in fighting back against these cuts, not just for your own sake, but for the future of everybody here.
Tomorrow is our organisations attempt to create a united front for Leeds Trinity University College encompassing students, tutors, staff, supporters and everybody interested or involved with the movement. Only by coming together can we fight back against the destructive Con-Dem cuts and ensure that our institution remains a place for minds to blossom and personalities to bloom. There are alternative ways to deal with the financial situation we find ourselves in, both on a local and national level, and this is something people need to hear.
It’s been a lot of fun, morale is high and momentum is growing. This rally could now be our moment as students, academics and employees to show the powers that be that we will not sit by and allow these cuts to destroy something great, when there are clear alternatives to be pursued. All of us at the occupation and everybody involved in the movement urge you to come join us and get involved in the rally, have a great time chanting and singing, and be a part of something which could hopefully be a turning point for the better.
SAVE TRINITY RALLY: THURSDAY 20TH JANUARY 2011, 1PM (OUTSIDE MAIN RECEPTION)

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  1. wm says:

    Hi
    My daughter is at Trinity and says the banners say the Uni may be closing at the end of this semester. Is this right?

    • Hello
      Thank you for taking the time to message us, there have not been any banners saying that the university will be closed by the end of this semester so that is incorrect. there was a banner with this quote displayed on a banner though.”We face the most turbulent and potentially dangerous period for years” which is a quote by the principle of Leeds trinity university college given in a press interview for the Yorkshire evening post. The university is at high risk of closure based on the UCU report. We hope that clarifies the situation and whilst it is still a very serious concern that the university is at high risk it is not as imminent as your daughter has suggested.

      If your daughter would like any more info she is welcome to come down and speak with us in the occupation, it is in the senior common room just off reception.

      Regards Leeds Trinity Occupation

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