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(en) Britain, Freedom* Octoberr 2011 - EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY OCCUPIED

Date Sun, 04 Dec 2011 09:35:57 +0200

Students across Scotland came together to occupy George Square Lecture Theatre at the University of Edinburgh campus as a protest against the rise in tuition fees and have vowed to remain until their demands are met. Some 100 students from Glasgow, Edinburgh and St Andrews universities took the lecture theatre on Friday 16th September angered at the decision by management to charge the most expensive rate for students studying from the ‘rest of UK’ (RUK). ---- Edinburgh University, along with St Andrews, recently announced the increase in fees from £1,820 to £9,000 per year for RUK students as of next year. This means a four-year honours degree will now cost £36,000. According to Patrick O’Hare, President of St Andrews University Students’ Association who was taking part in the occupation “The occupation is a courageous move in solidarity with future generations of RUK students who will be priced out the market or saddled with tremendous debts”.

The demands of the occupiers are however are politically far reaching. They include: no privatisation of education and no privately funded courses, no cuts to courses or compulsory redundancies in Scottish universities, and a living wage for all workers at Scottish universities including those subcontracted.

Students in Scotland seem to be leading the way in militant action against education cuts. The Free Hetherington in Glasgow, another occupied university space, lasted seven months and was the longest longest-running student occupation in UK history, with students sleeping, studying and campaigning in the building along with putting on numerous social and political events. It continues to remain an inspiration for student action in Scotland.

Related articles:
Student occupation of Royal Conservatoire of Scotland http://www.freedompress.org.uk/news/2011/09/24/student-occupation-of-royal-conservatoire-of-scotland/
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