January 29, 1982: When 2,000 students turned out to vote amid protests at education cuts

Sheffield City Polytechnic - 29th January 1982'Student Meeting, Pond Street

Sheffield City Polytechnic - 29th January 1982'Student Meeting, Pond Street

0
Have your say

When university lecturers and support staff took part in a national day of action in November the students union’s response was to advise members to seek financial compensation for lost lectures and seminars. It prompted one letter writer to the Sheffield Telegraph to bemoan the lack of solidarity and recall the days when students would have joined such action, while acknowledging that things have changed in the era of higher education fees.

It is unlikely that a scene like this in a car park at Ponds Street in 1982 could happen today, when 2,000 students from Sheffield City Polytechnic turned out to vote in the midst of student protests. Although, in fact, the majority voted to end a week-long sit-in protesting at government education cuts which had disrupted Pond Street and Psalter Lane sites.