WATCH: Rent strikers criticise the University of Sheffield and its Students’ Union as protests enter second week

29 April 2021

Students from the University of Sheffield are continuing their occupation of the Arts Tower as part of the student rent strikes.

Four first-year students turned up at the building at 6am on 23 April and set up camp there. Two others have since slipped past security to join them.

The occupation is an attempt to pressure the Vice Chancellor, Professor Koen Lamberts, into agreeing to a 30% refund for all students who are in university accommodation.

They are also asking for a no-penalty release clause from accommodation contracts and for the University to “admit to their failures and pledge to change moving forward.”

I spoke to the Chair of the Rent Strike Committee, Dan Walsh, who is one of 103 University of Sheffield students who have withheld their accommodation rent since January.

The University and Students Union have responded here.

Written by Konrad Ostrowski

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