Students locked out of the Hicks occupation organised today and began a second occupation at Sheffield University in the new Jessops West building at 4pm.
We are occupying with exactly the same demands, and have selected this building for its token status as the University's progress towards top-down management decisions. It has received wide praise for its innovative and environmental design, but at the same time received nothing but bad reviews from those academics and students who actually use the building. The open-plan offices, lack of teaching and storage space and lighting that causes migraines are all things that make the building unfit for anything other than administrative office space. Listening to what staff and students need seems to take second place to design awards and style. What's more it will not give management the excuse to move lectures.
An update from the group in Jessops will come soon once they've established themselves and sorted out issues with Security.