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‘Day of action’, 26 January: guidance for staff

25 January 2011

A reminder to staff in advance of tomorrow's national student 'day of action'.

As you may be aware, there is another national student 'day of action' planned for this Wednesday (26 January). While we have no direct information that our students might take part, we thought it would be helpful to remind colleagues of some basic guidance.

As part of the national protest, students may stage walkouts from lectures and it is also possible that there may be calls for building occupation. Should this happen at Bristol and in your building, then you should inform Security Services (internal tel: 11-22-33; external tel: 0117 331 1223). It should be noted that in the vast majority of cases, occupations, if they occur, are peaceful and cause minimal disruption. Should an occupation occur then please do your best to work around the situation, while, of course, avoiding any potential conflict. Security Services, in liaison with senior management, will seek to deal with any instances of occupation in the most appropriate way.

Please note that we recognise an individual’s right to protest, and that therefore any gathering outside of buildings which does not block entry points and is not deemed a risk, intimidatory or disruptive, should be allowed to continue. Again, please do call Security Services should you have any concerns on the day.

Please note that it is essential that staff carry with them their University identity card at all times as we may need to put in place additional security measures including access to buildings at certain times during the day. It may also be necessary to close certain entrances/exits to buildings at very short notice. Should this be necessary, security and portering staff will assist you in finding an alternative entry or exit. We hope, of course, to keep any such closure to a minimum.

Should we need to update colleagues, we will do so via email and via the web.

David Alder, Director of Communications and Marketing


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