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Victory for Glasgow University occupation

by Sam Bogg
Issue No. 2265

Glasgow University occupiers emerged victorious last Sunday after 196 days inside the “Free Hetherington”. This building had been the Hetherington Research Club, a community space the university management closed down early last year.

The occupiers gained a series of concessions from Principal Anton Muscatelli, including no more course cuts and no more compulsory redundancies.

The also won a new postgraduate club, no cuts to student services, a public meeting with Principal Muscatelli and no repercussions for staff and students involved in the occupation.

However, The university still faced losing its Slavonic studies course, the only one outside London, and the Liberal Arts degree at Dumfries Campus.

The occupation had become a hub of resistance on campus and in the local area, hosting talks by the likes of writer and academic John Holloway and gigs by various musicians including Billy Bragg.

Despite ending the occupation, students promised that the fight would carry on.

Laura Jones, a history students said, “While we’ve achieved a lot on campus this year the fight absolutely does not end here. We will continue our campaign against tuition fees and ensure management keeps their end of the bargain. We will be back.”

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Thu 18 Aug 2011, 11:55 BST
Issue No. 2265
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