Make Your Voice Heard

In response to the numerous queries we have had about how people can voice their sentiments to the university management, we suggest that people contact the university either through:

- Calling the university switchboard directly to complain on 0115 951 51 51,

- Sending an email to the following:

Vice Chancellor: david.greenaway@nottingham.ac.uk

Director of Student Operations: stephen.dudderidge@nottingham.ac.uk

Pro Vice Chancellor of the Student Experience: david.riley@nottingham.ac.uk

In order that we can verify numbers of people registering complaints should the University prove unwilling to divulge this information, you may CC or BCC your message to ONcomplaints@googlemail.com, though there is no obligation to do so.

6 responses to “Make Your Voice Heard

  1. NOTTINGHAM UNIVERSITY MANAGEMENT; SHAME ON YOU!!! YOU ARE A DISGRACE TO ALL EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS OF THIS COUNTRY!!

    Well done all of you people from your occupation, you showed a true power of solidarity to the Palestinian people, we from Sussex, are thinking of you, and congratulating you for defending your basic right to freedom of speech and assembly!
    At least your university management has lost face to all!! They are disgraceful!

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  3. I would imagine that you have contacted lawyers. A series of offences have been committed, and there is footage and witnesses. Security guards do not have the right to forcibly eject people nor to use force against them. Even a police officer would need a warrant or would need to make an arrest. To make an arrest they would need a valid charge. The university has no authority to permit crimes to be committed, and would be liable if the guards acted on orders from them.

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  5. Following your request, here’s a copy of the letter I sent to the University:

    As a member of staff, postgraduate student and volunteer tutor at the University of Nottingham, I hereby express my utmost concern about and disapproval of the treatment that the University of Nottingham Security (under direct orders from the Senior Management) meted out to the protesters of the occupation ‘in solidarity with Gaza’ of LASS B62.

    I used to be proud of being part of this institution, which I joined seven years ago. Unfortunately, I can no longer say that. I am ashamed and deeply perturbed by the way the University has handled several incidents involving students’ protests and arrests on the campus in the past year, culminating in its recent response to the aforementioned occupation. This latest event, involving Security and the police on campus, has also shocked my family in Brazil, as well as friends I have at universities across the world.

    My family was particularly horrified to hear about, read on the news, see images and video footage of the university’s recent responses and aggressive interventions against, what has clearly been from the start, a peaceful and well-articulated protest. Two members of my family were university lecturers at the time of the dictatorship in Brazil. They were persecuted, imprisoned, tortured and had to go into exile. We, in my family, along with many others in Latin America, know the importance of making our voices heard and of resistance in times of conflict and social injustice. For instance, it was the mobilisation and protest of millions of Brazilian students of my generation that led to the impeachment and fall of a discredited president in the early 1990s.

    However, our disappointment is only matched by our worry that such a renowned university is, in a short period of time, ruining its reputation – built by the hard work and brilliance of so many generations of academics, students and staff – due to the unpopular and imprudent decisions made by a handful of people in the Senior Management.

    Most of those who know me on campus would not be surprised at my support for student protests. What would indeed surprise many is the fact that if they typed my family name into a search engine, they would immediately realise my strong Jewish heritage. This fact alone is a powerful statement, as I do not think that the student occupation was about nationalist alliances, nor honouring one’s own blood/lineage. In my view, it was about demonstrating solidarity with all of those who were innocently and unlawfully affected and killed in this sad war. But most importantly, it was about demanding an ethical, unbiased and responsible attitude from the University. As a renowned international institution, the University of Nottingham needs to be accountable for the way information is officially portrayed, and for the way business is conducted.

    It is now widely recognised that young people are increasingly aware of their roles and responsibilities as global citizens and are making choices about which higher education institutions to apply for, not only based on excellence, but also on their ethical reputations and ratings for corporate social responsibility. In today’s highly competitive market, the ethos nurtured, adopted and sustained by its community is becoming as important as the number of HE awards a university holds.

    As a member of staff, postgraduate student and volunteer tutor at the University of Nottingham, I therefore urge the Senior Management to release a transparent public statement about the events that occurred in the past five days to both the student and academic bodies, in conjunction with a public apology to the protesters. If, according to the only statement made by the University in relation to the occupation, ‘the University has always facilitated and supported the rights of students to protest peacefully on issue they feel strongly about’, then the Senior Management should reconsider the feasibility of engaging in constructive dialogue with the protesters and of meeting their demands. As it is clear by the evidence provided openly in the occupation website, the protesters have not ‘impinged on academic freedom or the freedom of fellow students to further their own learning’.

    Yours sincerely,

    Laiz Rubinger Chen
    PhD Candidate, GTA and Senior Tutor

  6. Thanks for all your support and sacrifices for the people of Gaza. Given that too few governments dare even denounce the Israeli onslaught against the 1.5 defenceless Palestinians, your voice is important. Thanks for your courage.

    The following is a copy of my letter to the Vice Chancellor and others;

    Sirs,

    I am writing to you to express my revulsion at the University of Nottingham’s aggressive attack on a peaceful students’ action in solidarity with Gaza.

    Until now young people were often accused of apathy, selfishness, binge drinking and violence. For more than 2 weeks, we have witnessed outstanding examples of commitment by hundreds of students. These students should be commended for their involvement and sacrifices. Indeed, many universities held serious negotiations, resulting in statements, such as condemning the Israeli onslaught of Gaza, and a commitment to assist Palestinians. The Senior Management of Nottingham University instead chose violence. They brutally dragged out the students who held a peaceful protest occupation in solidarity with Gaza of lecture theatre B62, as shown on videos on the internet. When in a few weeks young persons make their decision on their choice of university, a simple web search would highlight the University Management’s choice of violence over negotiation and proper thought and consideration of the matter. Potential applicants would realise that Nottingham management does not tolerate mature and considered thinking, and thus would think twice about making Nottingham their first choice.

    You failed your obligations to secure academic freedom and protect your students from violence.

    Please explain why you refused to negotiate with the students and instead made the decision to use violence.

    Regards,
    Yael Kahn
    07880 731 865

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