Category Archives: Statements of Support

Oxbridge speaks out against Oldfield deportation proceedings

As staff, students, and alumni of Cambridge and Oxford Universities, we are calling on the Home Secretary to stop deportation proceedings against Trenton Oldfield for disrupting the Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race in April 2012.

We neither believe that this action constituted an infraction serious enough to warrant such a heavy penalty, nor accept that it establishes that Mr Oldfield is ‘undesirable, has unacceptable associations and could be considered a threat to national security’.

The Boat Race is a game; its disruption should not result in any individual’s deportation. Certainly its disruption should not be cause to separate an individual from his family, which includes a recently-born child.

We note that the race was completed successfully and no one was harmed by Mr Oldfield’s actions. We do not wish this draconian penalty to be applied in the name of an event representing our institutions.

Yours sincerely,

  1. Professor Bill Adams
  2. Hilary Aked
  3. Pav Akhtar
  4. Dr Anne Alexander
  5. Jennifer Allsop
  6. Ed Anderson
  7. Fraser Anderson
  8. Thom Andrewes
  9. Dr Rosa Andújar
  10. Dr Houshang Ardavan
  11. James Arnold
  12. Nehal Bajwa
  13. Anushree Banerjee
  14. Alex Barker
  15. Jack Barron
  16. Professor Horace Barlow
  17. Professor John Barrell
  18. Jo Beardsmore
  19. Daniel Benjamin
  20. Abhishek Bhattacharya
  21. Anindya Bhattacharyya
  22. Ian Birchall
  23. Alex Blake
  24. Dr Adrian Boutel
  25. Kate Bradley
  26. Ruthi Brandt
  27. Richard Braude
  28. Maggie Bridge
  29. Callum Brodie
  30. Rachel Bower
  31. Harriet Boulding
  32. Dr Warren Boutcher
  33. Professor Andrew Bowie
  34. Christopher Bowlers
  35. Dr Deborah Bowman
  36. Simon Brackenborough
  37. Olivia Brogan
  38. Tarin Brokenshire
  39. Marianne Brooker
  40. Michael Brooks
  41. Abbe Browne
  42. Anna Bull
  43. Toby Bull
  44. Dr R E R Bunce
  45. Imogen Buxton
  46. Dr Brendan Burchell
  47. Revd James Buxton
  48. Dr Melissa Calaresu
  49. James Cameron
  50. Brian Cantwell
  51. Max Charles Compton
  52. Julian Cheyne
  53. Danny Chivers
  54. Dr Jean Chothia
  55. Jordan Laris Cohen
  56. Xavier Cohen
  57. Joshua Coles-Riley
  58. Dr Philip Connell
  59. Dr Sophia Connell
  60. Professor Steven Connor
  61. Andrew Conway
  62. Professor Helen Cooper
  63. Emma Claussen
  64. Dr Stephen J Cowley
  65. Dr Teresa Almeida Cravo
  66. Tim Cribb
  67. James Crowley
  68. Dr Martin Crowley
  69. Dr Ildiko Csengei
  70. Robert Deakin
  71. Dr Andreas Dimopoulos
  72. Bella Dimova
  73. Caitlin Doherty
  74. Cath Duric
  75. Jennifer Edmunds
  76. Hannah Elsisi
  77. Dr AL Erickson
  78. Ann Evans
  79. Nicholas Evans
  80. Dr Tom Eyers
  81. Hannah Fair
  82. Olivia Fletcher
  83. Dr Katrina Forrester
  84. Professor Alison Finch
  85. Dr Lorna Finlayson
  86. Felix Flicker
  87. Joey Frances
  88. Tessa Frost
  89. Paul Furnborough
  90. Dr Sinéad Garrigan Mattar
  91. Professor Vic Gattrell
  92. Amy Gilligan
  93. Dr Philip Gilligan
  94. Professor Heather Glen
  95. Louis Goddard
  96. Charlotte Godwin
  97. Simon Gomberg
  98. Dr Priyamvada Gopal
  99. Professor Robert SC Gordon
  100. Dr Abhijit Gupta
  101. Emily Hammerton-Barry
  102. Jeremy Hardingham
  103. Dr Rachael Harris
  104. Dr Paul Hartle
  105. Luke Hawksbee
  106. Ned Hercock
  107. Sarah Hickmott
  108. Sky Herrington
  109. Sean Hewitt
  110. Peter Hill
  111. Robert Hinde
  112. Dr David Hillman
  113. Professor Hugh Haughton
  114. Owen Holland
  115. Dr Alex Houen
  116. Elizabeth Homersham
  117. Dr Edward Holberton
  118. Robert Holman
  119. James Hooper
  120. Dr Sarah Howe
  121. Dr Michael Hrebeniak
  122. Dr Katherine Ibbett
  123. Professor Mary Jacobus
  124. Graham Jeffrey
  125. Dr Richard Jennings
  126. Peter Matthew James
  127. Dr Jessica Johnson
  128. Dr Charles Jones
  129. Sophie Jones
  130. Dr Anna Kemp
  131. Owen Kennedy
  132. Nada Kevlin
  133. Neil Kirkham
  134. Lucy Amber Kitching
  135. Professor Peter Kornicki
  136. Marie Kolkenbrock
  137. Thomas Lalevee
  138. Dr Mary Laven
  139. Daniel Lawrence
  140. Orland Lazar-Gillard
  141. Heather Lee
  142. Jia Hui Lee
  143. Roses Leech-Wilkinson
  144. Caroline Leonard
  145. Dr Helena Lima de Sousa
  146. Professor M M Lisboa
  147. James Lovedale
  148. Louisa Loveluck
  149. Gavin Lowe
  150. Peter Luca
  151. Rory Macqueen
  152. Claire Males
  153. Professor Willy Maley
  154. Edward Maltby
  155. Dr Andy Martin
  156. Kathryn Maude
  157. Vasiliki Mavroeidi
  158. Jack May
  159. Richard McAleavey
  160. Dr Maryon McDonald
  161. Dr Willia McEvoy
  162. Dr Laura McMahon
  163. Lucy McMahon
  164. Catherine Metcalfe
  165. Dr Drew Milne
  166. Agnieszka Mlicka
  167. Dr Sarah Monk
  168. Liran Morav
  169. Freya Morrissey
  170. Dr Joe Moshenska
  171. Ruby Moshenska
  172. Professor Clément Mouhot
  173. Dr Subha Mukherji
  174. Decca Muldowney
  175. Georgia Mulligan
  176. Dr Kamal Munir
  177. Fuad Musallam
  178. Edd Mustill
  179. Swiya Nath
  180. Dr Alex Niven
  181. Dr George Oppitz-Trotman
  182. John Parrington
  183. Matthew Parsfield
  184. Dr Ian Patterson
  185. Vaia Patta
  186. Rose Payne
  187. Dr Tom Perrin
  188. Harriet Phillips
  189. Ben J Platt
  190. Gabriel Polley
  191. Orla Polten
  192. Timothy Poole
  193. Kirsty Philbrick
  194. Sam Pritchard
  195. Ben Pritchett
  196. Ivan Rajic
  197. Dr Lucy Razzall
  198. Taz Rasul
  199. Nicola Read
  200. Dr John Regan
  201. Emma Reeves
  202. Dr Nicky Reeves
  203. David Renton
  204. Graham Riach
  205. Dr James Riley
  206. Ali Robertson
  207. Dr Josh Robinson
  208. Elly Robson
  209. Karlijn Roex
  210. Or Rosenboim
  211. Akram Salhab
  212. Austen Saunders
  213. Professor Raphael Salkie
  214. Dr W Owen Saxton
  215. Yasmeen Sebbanna
  216. Matthew Sellwood
  217. Dr Jason Scott-Warren
  218. Arianne Shahvisi
  219. Matthew Smith
  220. Brian Simbirski
  221. Dr Pritam Singh
  222. Tanya Singh
  223. Pakkamol Siriwat
  224. Dr Sophie Smith
  225. Dr Peter Sparks
  226. Lindsay Stronge
  227. Olivia Arigho Stiles
  228. Professor Tiffany Stern
  229. Helen Stokes
  230. Dr Hugh Stevens
  231. Dr Adam Stewart-Wallace
  232. Dr Bernard Sufrin
  233. Dr Helen J. Swift
  234. Arianna Tassinari
  235. Angelica Tatam
  236. Dr Trudi Tate
  237. Alex Temple
  238. Professor Jeremy Till
  239. Dr Deborah Thom
  240. Max Trevitt
  241. Professor David Trotter
  242. Dr Kate Tunstall
  243. Jo Tyabji
  244. Isobel Urquhart
  245. Rebecca Varley–Winter
  246. Dr Filippo De Vivo
  247. Dr Jennifer Wallace
  248. Dr Caroline Warman
  249. Laurence Watson
  250. Dr Peggy Watson
  251. Dr Hannah Weibye
  252. Caroline Williams
  253. Dr Daniel Wilson
  254. Dominic Williams
  255. Sophie Williams
  256. Jacob Wills
  257. Colin Wilson
  258. Dr Hope Wolf
  259. Johannes Wolf
  260. Harry Wright
  261. Waseem Yaqoob
  262. Musab Yunis
  263. Sophie Zadeh
  264. Dr Nicolette Zeeman
  265. Dr Andrew Zurcher

Bruce Beckles, ‘INDEPENDENCE ≠ ABSOLUTION’

INDEPENDENCE ≠ ABSOLUTION

In the prosecution and sentencing of Owen Holland, the University has repeatedly pointed to the independence of individual University Officers (the University Advocate [1]) or statutory bodies (the University’s Court of Discipline [2]), as though this somehow absolves it not only of all responsibility for their actions, but also of any duty to remedy those actions should they be faulty.  From a legal point of view, this is nonsense: should legal proceedings (whether criminal or civil) be initiated in response to the actions in this case of the University Advocate or the Court of Discipline, it is the University one would expect to be the respondent and to be held liable by the court.

Even the quasi-judicial Court of Discipline implicitly acknowledges this: the case before that Court was “University of Cambridge v Mr O Holland” not “Dr R Thornton v Mr O Holland”.  Furthermore, as the complaint against Mr Holland was made by the Proctors, the University’s own Ordinances make clear that in prosecuting the case before the Court of Discipline the University Advocate was acting on behalf of the University.  The relevant section of the Ordinances reads:

If a charge arises from a complaint made by the Proctors, the Advocate shall be responsible for presenting the case on behalf of the University. [3 – emphasis mine]

Indeed, the idea that an institution is legally responsible for the actions of those it has empowered to act on its behalf when they are carrying out their duties is hardly a new one: employment tribunals are only too familiar with this principle.  If a Head of Department were to go around “independently” victimising members of staff, would the University really claim before an employment tribunal that it was in no way responsible?  (If so, no wonder the University prefers to settle when staff and former staff haul it before employment tribunals.)

The Court of Discipline and the University Advocate receive their authority from the Statutes and Ordinances of the University.  The University is unequivocally responsible for its Ordinances [4] and, subject to Privy Council approval, for its Statutes[5].  To say it is in no way responsible for the behaviour of bodies and individuals empowered under statute would be like the government claiming it was in no way responsible for the prosecution and sentencing of homosexuals under anti-gay legislation.  We would not hesitate to reject such claims out of hand where a government was concerned, and we should not hesitate to do so where the University is concerned, either.

And even if the University Advocate and the Court of Discipline have somehow “gone rogue” – which the University seeks slyly to imply by distancing itself from the official actions of its Officers and Courts – it is still within the University’s power to curb their excesses and remedy any wrongs they have committed.  Specifically, the University Council could lay a Grace [6] before the Regent House [7] overturning or commuting Mr Holland’s sentence, or changing the Statutes and Ordinances under which the Advocate and the Court operate.  (Such a Grace would, of course, be subject to Regent House approval, so if the Regent House failed to approve it then, and only then, would the Council be able to say it was not responsible for what had happened.  Since, however, as far as anyone outside the Council can tell, this has not even been attempted, the Council should most certainly be held accountable for what has happened thus far.)

Finally, the Vice-Chancellor has the power under section 5 of Statute K [8] to nullify any action taken by a person or body operating under statute if he believes they have acted in violation of the Statutes, Ordinances or Orders.[9] So if a credible case can be made that the Advocate or the Court were acting in violation of the University’s Statutes and Ordinances then it is directly within the Vice-Chancellor’s power to remedy the situation.  As far as I’m aware there hasn’t been a detailed examination of the actions taken in Mr Holland’s case to see whether any were in violation of the Statutes and Ordinances – and, of course, it should be remembered that the Human Rights Act 1998 requires the University’s Statutes to be “read and given effect in a way which is compatible with the [rights and freedoms guaranteed under the European Convention on Human Rights]” [10], rights such as freedom of expression and freedom of assembly (since the University’s Statutes are “subordinate legislation” for the purposes of that Act [11]).

Thus not only is it unreasonable for the University to imply or claim that it is not responsible for Mr Holland’s prosecution and sentencing, but we should also all be aware that remedy for these actions lies well within the University’s power, and may even lie directly within the Vice-Chancellor’s power.  The supposed independence of the University Advocate and the Court of Discipline do not absolve the University of responsibility, and they most certainly do not leave it incapable of correcting the injustice its Court has inflicted upon one of its students.

BRUCE BECKLES is a member of the University’s governing body, the Regent House; a University Officer; and an elected member of the University’s Board of Scrutiny from 1 October 2011 to 30 September 2015.

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[1] http://www.varsity.co.uk/news/4534

[2] http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2012/mar/14/cambridge-student-ban-protest-david-willetts

[3] Regulation 2(b) of Ordinances, Chapter II, UNIVERSITY COURTS,
Initiation of proceedings before the University Tribunal, the Court of Discipline, or the Summary Court (Statutes and Ordinances 2011, p. 200): http://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/univ/so/2011/chapter02-section18.html#heading2-23

[4] Section 1 of Statute A, Chapter II (Statutes and Ordinances 2011, p.
5): http://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/univ/so/2011/statute_a-section2.html#heading2-2

[5] The Universities of Oxford and Cambridge Act 1923: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/Geo5/13-14/33

[6] A Grace is a motion for decision presented to the University’s governing body, the Regent House.  See http://www.cam.ac.uk/univ/works/graces.html.

[7] Section 1(e) of Statute A, Chapter IV (Statutes and Ordinances 2011, p.
7): http://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/univ/so/2011/statute_a-section4.html#heading2-4

[8] Statutes and Ordinances 2011, p. 70: http://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/univ/so/2011/statute_k-front.html

[9] Roughly speaking, Orders are Graces of the University which do not directly modify the University’s Statutes and Ordinances.

[10] Section 3(1) of the Human Rights Act 1998: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1998/42/section/3

[11] As the University’s Statutes are made under the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge Act 1923, they fall into category (f) of “subordinate legislation” as defined in section 21(1) of the Human Rights Act 1998: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1998/42/section/21

Bruce Beckles, ‘A World Away from the Court of Discipline’

A WORLD AWAY FROM THE COURT OF DISCIPLINE: A UNIVERSITY REGENT’S VIEW

I do not believe that Owen Holland – sentenced earlier this week [1] – did, as the University contends, or in any meaningful sense, “impede freedom of speech within the Precincts of the University”.  In particular, having seen the University’s evidence, I do not believe they have established this beyond reasonable doubt, which they are required to do for a guilty verdict.[2] (Compare, for instance, the protester Martin Jahnke’s acquittal before a Magistrates’ Court of a public order offence after he disrupted Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao’s speech at the University by blowing a whistle, shouting, and throwing his shoe at the stage.[3])

But even if Mr Holland were guilty of “impeding freedom of speech”, the sentence is out of all proportion to the supposed offence: for allegedly denying a government Minister free speech for 1.5 hours, the University has actually denied Mr Holland’s academic freedom and his rights to education, freedom of expression and freedom of assembly for 2.5 years. I observe that had Mr Holland been charged before a criminal court with some appropriate public order offence (probably under section 4A or 5 of the Public Order Act 1986), a guilty verdict would not have been accompanied by such a punitive sentence (a maximum of a 6 month sentence under section 4A or a fine under section 5 of the Public Order Act 1986).

Now, in the aftermath of this so-called “trial”, I find my thoughts keep returning to two questions in particular.  Firstly, how will my University colleagues respond when faced with such a blatant injustice inflicted in our name, supposedly for our protection?  And secondly, what justification will the University administration give for (a) the actions taken (or failures to act) by the administration, some University Officers and the Court of Discipline, that have led to this sentence; and (b) the sentence itself?

With regard to my colleagues’ reactions, I await with especial eagerness a public statement from Professor Goldhill, the organiser of the event at which the protest which gave rise to the charge against Mr Holland took place.  Immediately after the protest, Professor Goldhill said: “the protest, in the name of protecting the values of the university, destroyed the values of the university”.[4]  As it happens, I disagree with him about that.  But it is undoubtedly the case that this sentence will have the effect of silencing student dissent within the University, i.e. of undermining the University’s commitment to freedom of speech, expression and assembly. Thus, the University Court, presumably acting to protect the University and its values, has instead acted as a destroyer of those values.  Since I’m sure Professor Goldhill is not a hypocrite, I expect his ringing denunciation of this sentence to appear any day now.

As far as the University’s justification for this farce, the University administration will, I imagine, claim that the Court of Discipline is independent of the University; the argument will run, therefore, that the University is in no way responsible for this sentence.  Were the administration to do this, it would be a  failure of moral responsibility comparable to that of the government of the day in regard to the Derek Bentley case.[5]  If the law is wrong, or open to abuse, it is the government’s responsibility to rectify this.  Similarly, if the University Courts operate in a way which allows such egregious miscarriages of justice as this then it is the University’s responsibility to take prompt remedial action.

The University has also claimed that it is not responsible for the decision to charge Mr Holland.[6]  The implication is, of course, that it is also not responsible for the decision to charge only Mr Holland, even though the incident giving rise to the charges was one for which over 50 members of the University have publicly claimed some measure of responsibility.[7] This claim is disingenuous: having received a complaint, it is indeed the decision of the University Advocate whether or not to bring a charge before a University Court.  But it was not the University Advocate who made the complaint against Mr Holland; and, in particular, it was not the University Advocate who decided to make the complaint against only a single individual.

Imagine a police force which, having established that 50 individuals participated in a riot, decided to refer to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) the case of a single individual alone, and moreover an individual who had less influence and fewer financial resources than a significant number of the other rioters, an individual who was in many ways more vulnerable than his fellow rioters, a great many of whom admit equal responsibility.  It seems obvious that were such a police force to then claim that it was in no way responsible for the selective prosecution of that single individual, but that the responsibility lay entirely with the CPS, such a claim would be neither credible nor morally defensible.

In the current situation, the University is that police force, and its failure to take responsibility for its actions is just as morally indefensible.  And like a police force not subject to adequate oversight, the University has abused the power it holds over one of the more vulnerable members of our community, and, the abuse discovered, is attempting to deny responsibility.  If pressed, it will retreat to another of the classic justifications for morally reprehensible acts: “our intentions were good; we were acting to protect the community as a whole”.

The only coherent justification I can see for this punishment is if the University has decided it is beneficial to suppress the freedoms of expression and assembly of those whose opinions are either opposed to, or which, publicly expressed, might embarrass, the University administration.  So in light of this verdict, I am ashamed to be a member of the governing body of the University of Cambridge.  I would like to take this opportunity to distance myself publicly from this sometimes great institution.  As with other great moral failures of our time I want to shout from the rooftops: “NOT IN MY NAME!

BRUCE BECKLES is a member of the University’s governing body, the Regent House; a University Officer; and an elected member of the University’s Board of Scrutiny from 1 October 2011 to 30 September 2015.

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[1] http://www.independent.co.uk/news/education/education-news/cambridge-student-receives-unprecedented-twoandahalf-year-suspension-for-universities-minister-protest-7567590.html

[2] As required by regulation 5 of Ordinances, Chapter II, COURT OF
DISCIPLINE, Rules of Procedure (Statutes and Ordinances, 2011, p.
204): http://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/univ/so/2011/chapter02-section20.html#heading2-27

[3] http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1902486,00.html

[4] Originally posted on the website of the Centre for Research in the
Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities
shortly after the protest, this
statement has since been removed.  This apparent lack of respect for
the historical record is rather remarkable, given its author is a
classicist.  Fortunately, a copy of Professor Goldhill’s statement can
still be read on this site here: https://donsspeakout.wordpress.com/2011/11/30/prof-simon-goldhill-condemns-student-protests/

[5] http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Derek_Bentley_case&oldid=481318443

[6] http://www.varsity.co.uk/news/4534

[7] https://donsspeakout.wordpress.com/2012/03/08/letter-to-the-university-advocate-and-to-the-vice-chancellor-7th-march-2012/

Letter to the University Advocate and to the Vice-Chancellor, 7th March 2012

Dr R Thornton
University Advocate
University of Cambridge
Emmanuel College
Cambridge

 7th March 2012

Dear Dr Thornton,


We understand that a student has been charged with “recklessly or intentionally impeding free speech within the Precincts of the University” in connection with the protest action which took place at Lady Mitchell Hall on the 22nd of November 2011 when the Minister for Universities and Science Mr David Willetts was scheduled to speak.

We regard the prosecution of a single junior member of the University as arbitrary and wrong: we wish to point out that this was a collective act and that we the undersigned were all involved in it – whether directly or indirectly, actively or in a supportive capacity. We therefore ask that the same charge be brought against each of us before the appropriate University court.

Yours sincerely,

RA Alexander
R Arnott-Davies, CC
M Barford, T
N Bazin, K
MB Beckles, K
D Benjamin, T
A Booth, R
RE Bower, CL
R Braude, PEM
S Carlo, CHU
A Diver, CC
CR Doherty, JN
A Odin Ekman, W
BK Etherington, CHU
L Finlayson, K
JB Frances, K
R Geuss
A Gilligan, JN
P Gopal, CHU
S Haf, HOM
M Hrebeniak, W
K Jenkins, EM
J Katko, Q
JV Kinsella, CHU
S Langsdale, K
M Laven, JES
A MacDonald, K
L McMahon, K
L McNulty, HOM
TJ Miley, DAR
M.J. Morey, F
G Mulligan, G
C Mouhot, K
D Morris, CC
F Musallam, JN
G Oppitz-Trotman, JN
O Oriogun-Williams, CL
B Patrick, N
C Page, SID
T Phibbs, K
JH Prynne, CAI
JE Riley, W
A Ring, N
LW Roberts, JN
J Scott-Warren, CAI
H Sillitoe, K
A Shahvisi, DAR
GM Stevenson, FITZ
S Stillwell, G
F Taylor, JN
I Urquhart, HOM
W Yaqoob, PEM
CH Walker-Gore, SE
J Whitfield, K
H Warner, CTH
A Wood, T
AE Zurcher, Q

Also see a variation on this letter published in response to news of Owen Holland’s sentence (third letter down): http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/letters/letters-life-in-the-city-piranha-tank-7575733.html

And leaked copies of the University responses to date: http://tinyurl.com/8xvyv4v


Letter to the Vice-Chancellor, 21/02/2012

Cambridge
February 21, 2012

Dear Vice-Chancellor,

It is our understanding that, following a complaint lodged by the Proctors, the University has initiated disciplinary proceedings against a student for ‘impeding freedom of speech’ in the course of a protest action against the Minister for Universities and Science, Mr David Willetts, which took place on November 22, 2011 at Lady Mitchell Hall.

Although the event at which Mr Willetts was to speak was cancelled, over fifty senior members of the University issued a statement in which they agreed that ‘given the destructive policies of the present government, enacted without due consultation, we believe that the disruption of the Minister for Universities’ address and the subsequent occupation [were] proportionate and justified actions’. Therefore we again call on the University authorities not to persecute those involved in the protest; and ask that the University strike a more appropriate balance between protecting its members’ rights to freedom of assembly and association and the right of others to freedom of speech.

We wish also to express grave concern that one individual is being singled out for disciplinary action when a great many members of the University, both junior and senior, were involved. In the circumstances, we deplore the decision to prosecute one individual as either arbitrary (and so inherently unfair), or as an attempt ‘pour encourager les autres’ (and so itself an attack on freedom of expression within the University). By choosing to proceed in this way, the University has embarked on a course of action which could reasonably be supposed to intimidate this individual, and which therefore represents a failure of the University’s moral duty to them.

Finally, we are also concerned that the University seems to hold both photographic and audio-visual records of parts of the protest, as well as of individual members who were present, and that it is not clear whether this material was collected in a manner which accords with the restrictions and obligations imposed by the Data Protection Act 1998. We are further troubled that the collection of this sensitive personal data might be indicative of a move towards a ‘surveillance culture’ within the University. We believe that such a development would be incompatible with freedom of expression within the University, and with the general expectations of its members.

We believe these are serious issues, and that a failure to address them in a timely manner will damage the University’s reputation. In particular, we ask that the decision to punish this student be reconsidered. Given the exigency of this issue, we look forward to hearing from you in the near future.

Yours,

Dr Anne Alexander
Dr Anna Alexandrova
Dr Maike Albertzart
Dr M Atature
Dr H Azerad
Dr Tarak Barkawi
Dr Debbie Banham
Mr Bruce Beckles
Dr Duncan Bell
Dr Rowan Boyson
Dr Pam Burnard
Ms Sarah Cain
Dr Sophia Connell
Dr PJ Cunningham
Mr Will Davies
Dr Elizabeth Duignan
Dr Ben Etherington
Dr Lorna Finlayson
Dr Linda Fisher
Dr Alex Flynn
Dr Christophe Gagne
Professor Raymond Geuss
Dr Priyamvada Gopal
Dr Boris Groisman
Dr Jochen Guck
Mr Jeremy Hardingham
Mr Ronald Haynes
Dr David Hillman
Dr Edward Holberton
Dr Jana Howlett
Dr M Hrebeniak
Professor Simon Jarvis
Professor Cindi Katz
Dr Ruth Kershner
Professor John Kinsella
Dr Jessica Leech
Ms Mel Legatt
Professor John MacBeath
Dr Sinead Garrigan-Mattar
Dr Jeff Miley
Dr Clément Mouhot
Dr Subha Mukherji
Dr Kamal Munir
Dr Ian Patterson
Ms P Pointon
Mr JH Prynne
Dr Rory O’Bryen
Dr Jonathan Oppenheim
Dr George Oppitz-Trotman
Dr James Riley
Dr Josh Robinson
Dr Corinna Russell
Dr Jason Scott-Warren
Dr Adam Stewart-Wallace
Ms Isobel Urquhart
Dr Bert Vaux
Dr Isabel di Vanna
Dr Chris Warnes
Dr Ruth Watson
Mr Steve Watts
Dr David Whitley
Dr Andrew Zurcher

[This letter was sent to Vice-Chancellor Boryziewicz and the Proctors of the University on 21st February, and posted here one week later. To date no reply has been received.]

Academics in Support of Old Schools Occupation, 2010

**PLEASE NOTE We are no longer taking signatures for the Statement of Support as the occupation has ended. If, however, you would like to join the Cambridge Academics’ Campaign for Higher Education–CACHE–which involves all signatories and others, please send a request to ucam-cache-request@lists.cam.ac.uk or leave a comment here**

December 6, 2010
(Updated)
STATEMENT OF SUPPORT FOR STUDENT DIRECT ACTION

As academics and teachers at Cambridge University, we wish to express
our support for the peaceful direct action currently underway in the
symbolic ‘occupation’ of the Old Schools. This is a crucial moment for the
future of higher education and young people all over the country are
rightly attempting to make their voices heard and their concerns taken into
account. We call on the University to ensure that no undue force is
exercised against the students involved in the occupation. We urge the
University to take note of their demands and urge the Vice-Chancellor to
express opposition to the current government’s destructive agenda for
higher education.

Signed by

1. Dr. Maha Abdel-Rahman
2. Dr Bill Adams
3. Ms Maike Albertzart
4. Dr Anne Alexander
5. Dr Gavin Alexander
6. Dr Salim al-Gailani
7. Dr. Lori Allen
8. Dr. Pierpaolo Antonello
9. Dr Houshang Ardavan
10. Dr. Mete Atature
11. Dr Gareth Atkins
12. Dr Hugues Azerad
13. Dr Axel Bangert
14. Dr Debby Banham
15. Dr Jenny Bangham
16. Professor Zygmunt Baranski
17. Dr Tarak Barkawi
18. Dr Sam Barrett
19. Mr Bruce Beckles
20. Professor Mary Beard
21. Dr Elizabeth Boyle
22. Dr Patricia Pires Boulhosa
23. Dr Rowan Boyson
24. Dr Catherine Burke
25. Mr Timothy Button
26. Dr Andrew Bell
27. Dr Duncan Bell
28. Dr Camille Bonvin
29. Dr Sally Boss
30. Dr Deborah Bowman
31. Dr Annabel Brett
32. Dr Abigail Brundin
33. Dr Christopher Brooke
34. Dr Jude Browne
35. Dr Jenny Bosten
36. Dr Brendan Burchell
37. Dr Nuzhat Bukhari
38. Dr Bill Burgwinkle
39. Dr Christopher Burlinson
40. Dr Rodrigo Cacho
41. Dr Melissa Calaresu
42. Dr Rachel Camina
43. Dr Clare Chambers
44. Dr Hero Chalmers
45. Dr Jenny Chamarette
46. Dr Ha-joon Chang
47. Dr Jean Chothia
48. Dr Richa Choudhary
49. Dr Sally Church
50. Dr Colm-cille Caulfield
51. Dr Julia Collins
52. Dr David Clifford
53. Dr Philip Connell
54. Dr Sophia Connell
55. Dr Jo Cook
56. Dr AJ Counter
57. Dr Stephen Cowley
58. Dr Joanna Craigwood
59. Dr Joseph Crawford
60. Dr Helen Crawforth
61. Mr Tim Cribb
62. Dr Martin Crowley
63. Dr CL Crouch
64. Dr Devon Curtis
65. Dr Amaleena Damlé
66. Dr Kate Daniels
67. Dr Jeremy Davies
68. Dr Anuj Dawar
69. Professor Peter de Bolla
70. Dr Lucy Delap
71. Dr Leigh Denault
72. Dr Beci Dobbin
73. Dr Robert Doubleday
74. Dr Liz Disley
75. Dr Isabel DiVanna
76. Dr. Marta de Magalhães
77. Dr SA Deiringer
78. Dr Gregory Delaplace
79. Professor Nicholas de Lange
80. Dr M Cristina Devecchi
81. Professor Richard Drayton
82. Dr Fiona Edmonds
83. Dr Michael Edwards
84. Dr. Christos Efstratiou
85. Dr Ben Etherington
86. Mr Christopher Evans, FSA
87. Dr Georgina Evans
88. Professor Ian Finlan
89. Dr Richard Flower
90. Dr Alastair Fraser
91. Professor Alison Finch
92. Dr Juliet Foster
93. Dr Colin Fraser
94. Dr Marina Frolova-Walker
95. Dr Bernhard Fulda
96. Dr Sinead Garrigan-Mattar
97. Dr Anne Gannon
98. Professor Vic Gattrell
99. Professor Raymond Geuss
100. Dr Josip Glaurdic
101. Professor Heather Glen
102. Ms Charlotte Goodburn
103. Dr Robert Gordon
104. Dr Mina Gorji
105. Professor Simon Goldhill
106. Mr Martin Golding
107. Dr Mia Gray
108. Dr Felicity Green
109. Dr Fiona Green
110. Dr Jonathan Grove
111. Professor Sarah Hawkins
112. Dr Vanessa Heggie
113. Miss Alison Hennegan
114. Dr Anita Herle
115. Dr Robert Hinde
116. Dr David Hillman
117. Dr Edward Holberton
118. Dr Alex Houen
119. Dr Nick Hopwood
120. Dr Sarah Howard
121. Dr Kirsty Hughes
122. Dr Michael Hurley
123. Dr Nick Gay
124. Dr Priyamvada Gopal
125. Dr Boris Groisman
126. Dr Jules Griffin
127. Dr Liz Guild
128. Dr Rotraud Hansberger
129. Dr Rachael Harris
130. Dr Victoria Harris
131. Mr Adam Higazi
132. Dr Mark Hogarth
133. Dr Mark Holmes
134. Dr Anne Holloway
135. Dr Sarah Houghton-Walker
136. Dr Georgina Horrell
137. Dr John Hopkins
138. Dr Jana Howlett
139. Dr Michael Hrebeniak
140. Dr Humeira Iqtidar
141. Professor Mary Jacobus
142. Dr Hubertus Jahn
143. Dr Ian James
144. Dr Liliana Janik
145. Professor Simon Jarvis
146. Dr Alana Jelinek
147. Dr Richard Jennings
148. Dr Stephen John
149. Dr Aylmer Johnson
150. Dr Charles Jones
151. Professor Martin Jones
152. Dr Mike Rodman Jones
153. Dr Andras Juhasz
154. Dr Anne-Sophie Kaloghiros
155. Dr Alexandre Kabla
156. Dr Eivind Kahrs
157. Dr Johannes Kaminski
158. Dr Geoffrey Kantaris
159. Dr Regina Karousou-Fokas
160. Dr Melanie Keene
161. Dr Duncan Kelly
162. Dr Neil Kenny
163. Dr Dominic Keown
164. Professor John Kerrigan
165. Mrs Anny King
166. Dr Larry King
167. Professor John Kinsella
168. Professor Robin Kirkpatrick
169. Professor Peter Kornicki
170. Dr Mary Laven
171. Dr Susan Larsen
172. Dr Sian Lazar
173. Dr Emily Lethbridge
174. Professor Angela Leighton
175. Dr Dmitri Levitin
176. Dr Pei-Yin Li
177. Professor Manucha Lisboa
178. Dr Hallvard Lillehammer
179. Dr Rosalind Love
180. Dr Sam Lucy
181. Dr Raphael Lyne
182. Dr Robert MacFarlane
183. Dr Isobel Maddison
184. Dr Alice Mahon
185. Dr Gideon Mailer
186. Professor Peter Mandler
187. Dr Juliet Marfany
188. Dr Andy Martin
189. Dr Nicholas Marston
190. Professor Jean Michel Massing
191. Dr Emma Mawdsley
192. Dr David McAllister
193. Dr Laura McMahon
194. Dr Allan McRobie
195. Dr Justin Meggitt
196. Dr Leo Mellor
197. Dr Roderick Mengham
198. Ms Silke Mentchen
199. Dr Thomas Jeffrey Miley
200. Dr Drew Milne
201. Dr Preston Miracle
202. Dr Iris Moeller
203. Ms Sarah Monk
204. Professor JE Montgomery
205. Dr Jeremy Morris
206. Dr Joe Moshenska

207. Dr Clement Mouhot
208. Dr Subha Mukherji
209. Dr Kamal Munir
210. Dr HJ Murray
211. Dr Jane Nolan
212. Dr Anastasia Norton-Piliavsky
213. Dr David Oldfield
214. Dr Alex Oliver
215. Dr Jonathan Oppenheim
216. Dr Rory O’Bryen
217. Dr William O’Reilly
218. Dr Sara Owen
219. Dr Christopher Padfield
220. Mrs Nicky Padfield
221. Dr Stephanie Palmer
222. Professor Laurence Paulson
223. Dr Catherine Pickstock
224. Dr Cathy Phillips
225. Dr Francois Penz
226. Dr Claire Preston
227. Mr JH Prynne
228. Dr Maria Purves
229. Dr Fred Parker
230. Dr Ian Patterson
231. Dr Neil Pattison
232. Dr Sian Pooley
233. Professor Christopher Prendergast
234. Dr Judy Quinn
235. Dr Sadiah Qureshi
236. Dr Jennifer Rampling
237. Prof Ian Roberts
238. Dr Sophie Read
239. Dr Nicky Reeves
240. Dr Jason Rentfrow
241. Dr John Regan
242. Dr Jennifer Regan-Lefebvre
243. Dr Michael Rice
244. Dr James Riley
245. Dr Matteo Rizzo
246. Dr Pernille Roge
247. Dr John Robb
248. Dr Stephen Robertson
249. Dr Tiago Brandeo Rodriguez
250. Mr Jacob Rowbottom
251. Dr Lucia Ruprecht
252. Dr Martin Ruehl
253. Dr Corinna Russell
254. Dr Peter Sarris
255. Dr Ower Saxton
256. Dr Jason Scott-Warren
257. Prof Simon Schaffer
258. Dr Ruth Scurr
259. Dr Richard Serjeantson
260. Dr Debra Spencer
261. Dr Sharath Srinivasan
262. Dr Fionnuala Sinclair
263. Dr Ioanna Sitaridou
264. Dr Sujit Sivasundaram
265. Dr Alfonso Sorrentino
266. Dr Peter Sparks
267. Dr Tom Stammers
268. Dr Anne Stillman
269. Professor Gareth Stedman Jones
270. Ms Sarah Steele
271. Dr A Stewart-Wallace
272. Dr Marie-Louise Stig Sorenson
273. Dr Kate Spence
274. Dr Michael Spivakov
275. Dr Luke Skrebowski
276. Dr Elsa Strietman
277. Dr Zoe Svendsen
278. Dr John Swenson-Wright
279. Professor Simon Szreter
280. Dr Alice Taylor
281. Dr Andrew Taylor
282. Dr Angie Tavernor
283. Dr Deborah Thom
284. Dr Trudi Tate
285. Dr Corin Throsby
286. Professor David Trotter
287. Dr Isabel Urquhart
288. Dr Daniel van den Heuvel
289. Dr Bert Vaux
290. Professor Megan Vaughan
291. Dr Fabienne Viala
292. Dr Lucia Villares
293. Dr V Vergiani
294. Dr Marcus Waithe
295. Dr Benjamin Walton
296. Dr Jennifer Wallace
297. Dr Paul Warde
298. Dr Christopher Warnes
299. Dr Ruth Watson
300. Dr Sheila Watts
301. Mr Steve Watts
302. Dr Darin Weinberg
303. Dr Rebecca Weir
304. Dr Daniel Weiss
305. Dr Godela.Weiss-Sussex
306. Dr Joan Whitehead
307. Dr Phil Withington
308. Dr Daniel Wilson
309. Dr Edward Wilson-Lee
310. Dr Nicky Zeeman
311. Dr Andrew Zurcher

Cambridge Dons Support Student Protests

Academics’ Statement of Support

We, the undersigned, scholars and teachers in the University of Cambridge, support the students who are occupying Lady Mitchell Hall.

Our senior administrators have failed to resist the current assault upon British universities. Many of our students, however, have bravely opposed it. They have exercised that ‘leadership’ otherwise absent from the University. Given the destructive policies of the present government, enacted without due consultation, we believe that the disruption of the Minister for Universities’ address and the subsequent occupation are proportionate and justified actions.

We call upon the University administration not to coerce, menace or otherwise persecute the students taking part in this protest.

Anne Alexander, CRASSH
Mete Atature, Department of Physics
Hugues Azérad, Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages
Debbie Banham, Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic
Tarak Barkawi, Department of Politics and International Studies
Bruce Beckles, University Computing Service
Deborah Bowman, Faculty of English
Nazim Bouatta, Department of Applied Mathematics and Physics
Christopher Burlinson, Faculty of English
Tim Button, Faculty of Philosophy
Jeremy Butterfield, Trinity College
Sarah Cain, Faculty of English
David Clifford, Faculty of English
Ben Etherington, Faculty of English
Lorna Finlayson, Faculty of Philosophy
Alex Flynn, Department of Social Anthropology
Christophe Gagne, Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages
Sinéad Garrigan-Mattar, Faculty of English
Raymond Geuss, Faculty of Philosophy
Priyamvada Gopal, Faculty of English
Joachen Guck, Department of Physics
Jeremy Hardingham, Faculty of English
David Hillman, Faculty of English
Ed Holberton, Faculty of English
Sarah Houghton-Walker, Faculty of English
Michael Hrebeniak, Faculty of English
Simon Jarvis, Faculty of English
Cindi Catz, Centre for Gender Studies
John Kinsella, Faculty of English
Mary Laven, Faculty of History
Mel Leggatt, Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages
Jeff Miley, Department of Social Sciences
Clement Mouhot, Faculty of Mathematics
Subha Mukherji, Faculty of English
Kamal Munir, Judge Business School
George Oppitz-Trotman, Faculty of English
Ian Patterson, Faculty of English
Jeremy Prynne, Faculty of English
Bella Radenovich, Department of History of Art and Architecture
John Regan, Wolfson College
James Riley, Faculty of English
Josh Robinson, Faculty of English
Mark de Rond, Judge Business School
Corinna Russell, Faculty of English
Jason Scott-Warren, Faculty of English
Adam Stewart-Wallace, Faculty of Philosophy
Isobel Urquhart, Homerton College
Bert Vaux, Department of Linguistics/Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages
Chris Warnes, Faculty of English
Ruth Watson, Faculty of History
Daniel Wilson, History and Philosophy of Science
Andrew Zurcher, Faculty of English