Sheffield Uni calls for fresh sanctions against Hallam
The University of Sheffield is threatening further action against Sheffield Hallam as fears grow that the former polytechnic is trying to annex Opal.
The apartment block has witnessed chaotic scenes in the past week, with students breaking into security guard offices in a state officials describe as “fully tanked”.
Nerves have been growing at the Russell Group institution since thousands of Hallam students were spotted lining up along Brook Hill.
The University of Sheffield – often abbreviated to “US” – issued sanctions against members of Hallam’s executive board after news that students wearing red and white shirts had been spotted within multiple Opal flats.
Since the stand-off began the institution has cancelled the Hallam Vice Chancellor’s season pass to the Goodwin Centre and is refusing to let its Students’ Union president into Pop Tarts.
However many members are urging caution, with fears that drink prices at Embrace and Plug may rise if they come down too hard.
Sheffield Hallam University has responded with anger, saying its students are simply stationed in pubs along the nearby road as a pre-drinking measure preparing for Carnage.
Vice Chancellor Philip Jones said the US has been taken over by a corrupt authority following news of Vice Chancellor Keith Burnett’s £105,000 pay rise at a time when many of his members are struggling to make ends meet.
Both universities have faced unrest in the recent past, with frequent protests since late 2013.
The situation took a downturn after Hallam annexed Corporation in March this year following claims the majority of clubbers there are so dazed and confused they’re almost certainly part of their student population.
Decades ago when it was classed as a redbrick the University of Sheffield had close ties with what was Sheffield Polytechnic, as the city’s booming manufacturing industry allowed it to shelter itself behind a steel curtain.
However, the institution in the East of the city changed its former title in the early 1990s while the university in the West put aside its red image to focus its efforts on strengthening its position within the Russell Group, the country’s top 20 universities, otherwise known as the RG20.