The University response
The Students' Union had wanted more say in how the University was run, and were frustrated at a lack of response to their suggestions. In early 1968, more militant students called an emergency general meeting then occupied the Fielding Johnson Building.
For four days and three nights, they camped out in the corridors, generating coverage in local and national press.
The occupation “developed into obstruction of the right of access to their places of work for many employees”, grumbled the annual report of 1967-68.
On the third evening, another meeting – called by more moderate students – was held and the sit-in ended.
Talks between the University and the Students' Union resulted in a Staff-Student Council, Student Union representation on the governing body and the Union being allowed to run the Percy Gee Building, including the catering services.
Cuts to the library service sparked another occupation in 1975. After a “tense and well-argued debate” at a packed meeting, students decided on “immediate occupation”, staying for one night. It was the second occupation in three years, reported student publication Ripple.