NUS passes motion against victimisation of Owen Holland
At the NUS Postgraduate Conference that took place last week (10th and 11th of May) Owen Holland’s case – and the broader issue of victimisation of activists and student officers – was discussed. Following this, members voted:
- To express solidarity with Owen Holland and issue a statement of support.
- To express support for Birmingham students facing disciplinary action (or the threat of disciplinary action).
- To actively support the right of all students to engage in peaceful protest without impediment from university authorities.
Those present voted overwhelmingly for the NUS to support Owen’s appeal, many taking the opportunity to voice concern at the growing trend of aggressive and disproportionate punishment being meted out to student protestors by University administrations.
The support of postgraduate representatives from across the country and the backing of the NUS further demonstrates widespread anger over Owen’s sentencing.