The long-running struggle against the outsourcing of 235 jobs at the University of Sussex has been gathering momentum. The plans were first announced in May 2012, prompting demonstrations and mass meetings by staff and student supporters.
When students stormed the Bramber House conference centre on Thursday 7th February, it probably wasn’t that out of the ordinary, given Sussex’s traditions of student activism. Management brought in private security to seal off the entrances (the in-house security are among those being outsourced), and turned off the heating. Students were forced to winch food and water in from a third floor balcony, and spend the nights in near-freezing temperatures.