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Outrage as Cambridge student is suspended for Willetts protest

by Siân Ruddick
Issue No. 2294

A Cambridge university student has been suspended after taking part in a protest against universities minister David Willetts. The ruling by the university states that he will not be allowed to return to his studies until 2014.

Owen Holland, an English PhD student and member of the UCU union, took part in a “human mic” call-and-response protest as Willets was speaking at the university in November last year.

The protest was called by the Cambridge Defend Education campaign and was supported by many students and lecturers.

At the news of Owen’s suspension broke some 60 university dons and students wrote an open letter to the university saying they too were part of the protest and they should be treated the same way.

They object to the fact that only one person has been disciplined for the protest. The signatories denounce the charges as “arbitrary and wrong”, pointing out that the protest was “a collective act and that we the undersigned were all involved in it—whether directly or indirectly, actively or in a supportive capacity”.

Sign the petition calling for Owen’s reinstatement

Watch the video of the November anti-Willetts protest

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Thu 15 Mar 2012, 12:24 GMT
Issue No. 2294
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