From: Jeremy Till
Date: 25 Mar 2015 at 13:38
To: Occupy UAL

Dear Occupy

Thank you for your response. I hope it is OK that staff who are affected can contact you individually to arrange access to their desks. I can assure you that this will only mean the displaced staff. You will be aware that this is more than just the reception staff, to some of whom I know you have already spoken to and offered access.

Thanks

Jeremy


From: Occupy UAL
Date: 25 Mar 2015 at 13:04
To: Jeremy Till

Dear Jeremy

We are now in touch with the affected staff and will continue dialouge until their concerns are addressed.

The meeting with Philip is also underway through other channels.

Regards

Occupy UAL


From: Jeremy Till
Date: 25 March 09:18 GMT
To: Occupy UAL

Dear OccupyUAL

I am disappointed that you have not got back to me after my conversation at lunchtime on 24th March with one of your committee about the personal possessions of staff who have been displaced from their desks by your sit-in. I therefore now have to write on their behalf. As one of them said to me, it feels that her personal space is being violated. Another relayed to one of you that they are upset to have seen pictures on Twitter that show their personal possessions are being used by complete strangers. There is also evidence that you have been going through desk drawers of the staff; this is a clear intrusion of personal property.

I asked that you allow members of staff in to the sit-in space so that they can take away any personal possessions or secure them in their desks. I think this is a completely reasonable request, and a human one. While you have let in two people for a very limited period to pick up some personal possessions, they both felt monitored and hurried by the occupiers, and it is clear from the current reaction of the staff that they were not able to do what is needed; nor could they – there are over 30 desks to deal with.

I will give my assurance that they will not remove work related items, which you purport to be a concern to you in your intent to disrupt university business. If you feel the need to operate a security screening system to check what is being removed, that is your choice. However, I hope that you can empathise with their situation and allow access and egress in a sympathetic manner.

I look forward to receiving your response. Philip Broadhead also awaits your response to his offer to meet a delegation from OccupyUAL — as you know, the President of the Students’ Union is prepared to facilitate that meeting.

Yours

Jeremy


From: Jeremy Till
Date: 23 March 17:05 GMT
To: Occupy UAL

Dear Occupy

There are some serious concerns about the health and safety of the occupiers that I wanted to draw your attention to.

Fire Escapes
As you have been told, it is illegal to occupy a space with locks on the doors that cannot be opened on a snib turn or through a push bar. Your locking with D-locks and ropes thus contravenes all fire and building safety regulations, and potentially threatens the safety of the occupants. This is a breach of the Health And Safety At Work Act (HASAW) 1974, section 8 which records that “No person shall intentionally or recklessly interfere with or misuse anything provided in the interests of health, safety or welfare in pursuance of any of the relevant statutory provisions.” Since you have refused to remove these, you need to know that you are breaking the law and also have to take responsibility in the event of an incident.

Open Heaters
It was observed that last night occupiers were sleeping very close to open heaters. This concerns us greatly, because of the real risk of fire from these heaters. We would urge you to switch heaters off at night and at all other times to make sure that they are not in the way of a route through.

Capacity
We have checked with building regulations and have confirmed that the capacity for that area is 60 people, assuming that you have at least one accessible exit (which you don’t). For this evening’s rally we have looked at managing the risk, and have agreed to a maximum capacity of 100. I am told that you are not expecting more than this, but UAL are duty bound to count people in and to take stock if this limit is exceeded. In any case, we would ask that you provide fire monitors on each of the exit doors, whose role is simply to ensure that, in the event of an alarm sounding, they unlock the door and direct people through it to safety.

If at all possible we agree that it would be best for this evening’s rally to be contained in the spaces that you are occupying, because if it spills out of that area then it becomes part of the domain that is controlled by the landlords and not UAL

If you have questions or need advice about Health and Safety issues, please direct them to the College Health and Safety Officer Niall Campbell.

Best wishes, and hoping for a peaceful rally

Jeremy


From: Jeremy Till
Date: 23 March 2015 10:39:36 GMT
To: Occupy UAL

Dear Occupy

You have no right to instruct security guards one way or another. It is my legal responsibility to ensure the safety of people not yours.

It is OK for UAL students to gain access to the gallery to protect or otherwise their work but we cannot let the public in as I have explained in a previous email. You are therefore effectively closing the exhibition, not UAL. That is your decision and I would ask you not to put out misinformation about that decision.

Jeremy


From: Occupy UAL
Date: 23 Mar 2015 at 10:08
To: Jeremy Till

Hi Jeremy,

We have now had two students speak with us this morning about opening the gallery door at the front of the building to gain access to the exhibition. We’ve informed them of our decision as outlined in the statement linked to you. We have asked the security guard in the gallery space to open the front door to allow the students in and he has done so.

We just wanted to inform you that there are now people in the gallery space and that to our understanding the security guard is keeping the door open for visitors. As outlined in our statement, we are keeping the bike locks with key attached on the doors.

Regards,

Occupy UAL


From: Jeremy Till
Date: 23 March 2015 09:59:24 GMT
To: Occupy UAL

Dear Occupy

Thank you for your email and link to the statement. I repeat what I said on Friday: unless there is completely free access through the means of escape, and this means unlocked doors, we cannot legally open the gallery. This is not me hiding behind health and safety smokescreens, this is the law. I also repeat our assurance that we will not enter the occupied space during the exhibition opening. By not agreeing to have the open access, you are not being disruptive to university management, you are being disruptive to the students and staff who have spent so long putting on the exhibition, and denying them the opportunity to show their work to the wider public. It is in your gift to act reasonably and to allow the exhibition to be opened, and we will be telling all the exhibitors this and releasing a statement to that effect.

Yours

Jeremy


From: Occupy UAL
Date: 23 March 2015 at 02:40
To: Jeremy Till

Hi Jeremy,

Following the opening of the gallery on Saturday, the occupiers have met this evening to make a decision on the situation of access to the Lethaby Gallery. Please read our statement of the decision here: http://arts-attack.tumblr.com/post/114371390846/lethaby-gallery-access

We’re also sharing this statement with as many students involved in the exhibition as possible.

Regards,

Occupy UAL


From: Jeremy Till
Date: 20 March 2015 at 19:24
To: Occupy UAL

Thanks.

If you need me over the weekend, my mobile is [provided mobile number]

Jeremy


From: Occupy UAL
Date: 20 Mar 2015 at 18:27
To: Jeremy Till

Dear Jeremy

As mentioned, we have no intention to occupy the gallery. We are trusting you with the promise that you will not compromise our space while we keep doors unlocked.

Based on how tomorrow goes, we can negotiate for the coming week.

Regards

Occupy UAL


From Jeremy Till
Date: 20 March 2015 at 18:02
To: Occupy UAL

Dear Occupy UAL

Further to discussions, I can confirm the following.

1. The Gallery will be open from 12pm to 5pm.
2. You will provide a free escape route through reception. This means that the door out of reception into the concourse must be unlocked. The door into the gallery from reception can remain locked on the magnetic system but the ropes must be removed – it will open in the event of a fire.
3. I have instructed security not to enter your space during that period.
4. Visitors will be instructed only to enter the gallery from Granary Square and not to try to get through your door.
5. In order to set the gallery up, you need to let a person through so they can unlock the Granary Sq door from the inside. This will be at 11.00am.
6. We are arranging for ushers and security for the show, but because of the technical requirements it would be helpful for some of the exhibitors to come too to help the set up – if you could ask the student with you who has work in the show to contact people, that would be good. They will be able to get in from Granary Square shortly after 11.00am
7. You have given your word that you will not occupy the gallery.
8. There will be a security presence in the gallery after 5pm and on Sunday. This is not to survey you but to protect thousands of pounds worth of equipment – again this is normal practice for weekends because of the vulnerability of the space.
9. I will ask for a tweet to go up which simply says: “We are pleased that the Strangelove Exhibition in the Lethaby Gallery will be open on Saturday from 12pm to 5pm.”

I hope this is OK

Jeremy


From: Occupy UAL
Date: 20 Mar 2015 at 07:50
To: Executive Board

Dear Executive Board,

As of last night we are occupying room A002 in Central Saint Martins. This comes after we were informed of huge cuts that you are making to the Foundation courses at UAL, along with the wider bureaucracy and undemocratic nature of the University of the Arts London.

As a group we have come up with a set of demands:

Occupy UAL: Demands

NO CUTS TO FOUNDATION

– No cuts to student places
– No staff redundancies
– UAL should use its weight as a large arts institution to lobby the govt. against the FE cuts

NO TO INSTITUTIONAL RACISM

– Stop the £500k Widening Participation cuts
– Liberate the curriculum (we want more black artists, theorists and lecturers)
– Implement anonymous marking – Mark our work, not our names!

DEMOCRATISE THE UNIVERSITY

– Financial transparency, what is going on with budgets and how are they allocated.
– Student and staff reps to sit on the Executive Board
– Fair pay for all staff, including outsourced staff – close huge the pay gap
– No nepotism

FREE EDUCATION

– Take a stand against tuition fees, cuts and student debt
– Abolish materials and printing costs
– No to privatisation
– Affordable accommodation
– WE’RE AN ART SCHOOL, NOT A BUSINESS!

WE HAVE THE RIGHT TO PROTEST

– No sanctions or punishments for students & staff involved in this peaceful occupation
– Freedom to move in and out of the occupation
In light of this we are organising a day of action at Central St Martins and will be occupying the room until negotiation is reached.

We look forward to your reply.
Many thanks,

Occupy UAL.

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