“Going against the Army is something that shouldn’t be allowed. At the end of the day, Bristol University rely on £25 million a year of Government funding.
“Start putting the screw on them and stop them getting their funding, then they might fall in line.”
The Defence Secretary, Grant Shapps, is among the voices criticising the university’s decision, branding the move “absurd”.
He told The Telegraph that the defence industry was “crucial to protecting our freedom”, as well as the “prosperity and way of life”.
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“Trying to deprive students of these opportunities is wrong and anyone considering doing so should reconsider immediately”, he said.
Coult added that the move from the students is “disgusting”.
“The one thing which makes us angry is these universities are using the freedom which has been granted to them from soldiers themselves”, he told GB News.
“So I think it’s hypocritical.”
He added that the “wokeism” should be “used against them” in a defiant stand against the student union.
“Maybe if the army stand identified as an LGBTQ+ stand, then maybe we would be able to do that at universities”.
An SU spokesperson said: “Bristol SU Welcome Fair is an event run and curated by Bristol SU to help build peer-led communities whilst at university.
“It’s primarily an opportunity for our 350+ affiliated student groups to attract new student members, and we also host approximately 90 commercial stalls.
“We assess requests made by unaffiliated groups on a case-by-case basis, considering a number of factors which have been communicated to the OTC, including that groups like the OTC offer an experience (such as making friends, developing leadership skills and adventure activities) which is very similar to, and therefore in direct competition with, our affiliated student groups.”
A spokesperson for Bristol University said: “We respect our students’ right to raise concerns about issues they feel strongly about and we will continue to listen to and engage with their views.”