The University of Nottingham’s annual AISEC Careers Fair was this year interrupted by unlikely candidates: grim reapers. Students worked together to orchestrate a counter-recruitment programme, aiming to highlight what they describe as the “unethical” practices of some corporations present on campus.
The students held a stall next to the Territorial Army where “alternative information about companies, personal discussion and careers guides could be disseminated”, one student recalls.
According to one student activist, “A Qinetiq representative admitted that he felt the student protesters were doing a good thing, and was ultimately somewhat envious of the passion they clearly had for this issue”.
Students dressed in grim reaper costumes then toured the careers fair for an hour and allegedly were initially threatened with calls to the police by University security.
BAE systems was a prime target for student protest.