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Following the footsteps of many campuses here in the states, earlier this month students at University College London voted to expel military recruiters from their student’s union. This is a great example of students fighting on two fronts: 1) asserting student sovereignty and power, and 2) slowing down the gears of war. UK Indymedia:
University College London's students' union voted to pass a motion in
its Annual General Meeting to ban the Officer Training Corps,
University Royal Navy Units, University of London Air Squadron and all
military organisations from the union's fresher's events and other union
sponsored events, Union premises, and student run media.
Military recruiters had previously been given access to UCL Union's "freshers' fayre" and are allowed by nearly all other British universities. Approximately fifty percent of British military officers are recruited through university based military organisations so denying them access to campus is an important part of a counter-recruitment strategy for the anti-war movement.
The motion passed states "This Union believes 'That because the British military under the Labour Government is currently engaged in an aggressive war overseas, for the Union to use its resources to encourage students to join the military or participate in military recruitment activities at this time would give political and material support to the war.'"
The Annual General Meeting had the largest attendance in UCL's recent history with more than 325 people in attendance at the start of the meeting, making it the first UCL Union General Meeting to make the Union's 1% quorum since 2003.
Other motions passed include twinning with two Palestinian universities, voting against the NUS governance review, and against UCL administration's support for lifting the cap on top up fees.