The picture postcard view of Oxford University’s Radcliffe Camera was shattered on Wednesday as 300 students occupied it.
Chanting, “Education is a right, let’s kick em out and fight, fight, fight,” the students marched into the historic building and hung banners from the top windows.
It was one of several university occupations in protest at Tory attacks on education.
Some 700 occupied the Rupert Beckett lecture theatre in Leeds University and another 500 held an occupation at Leeds Metropolitan University down the road.
Around 300 students briefly occupied Bristol City college. More than 100 occupied at Sheffield University.
In London, students occupied at University College London, the University of East London and Southbank University.
School students at Hornsey School for Girls staged a sit-down protest in their playground, after their school gates were locked.
In Glasgow, 700 students fought police and security to get to the vice-chancellor’s office—and then laid siege to it. Hundreds more occupied at Glasgow Art School, Strathclyde University and Dundee University.
Students occupied Newcastle University.
Seventy people occupied Warwick University Arts Centre in Coventry, and others occupied for a time at Birmingham University. More than 200 sat-in at Cardiff University and 100 at Essex University.
Edinburgh university ocupied later in the day.
Occupations that began earlier in the week continued at the School of Oriental and African Studies (Soas), Royal Holloway College, and the University of West England in Bristol.