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Fight goes on after court rules to evict University of Arts London occupiers

Issue No. 2450

UAL protesters block road

UAL protesters block road (Pic: Guy Smallman)

Students occupying the University of Arts London (UAL) in protest over course cuts were evicted last week. The students and their supporters had been occupying the reception area at the university’s Central St Martins campus in central London since March.

They are fighting management plans to cut over 800 places on art and design foundation courses. The plans would put university workers’ jobs at risk and make it harder for people to study at university.

But a ruling at the Royal Courts of Justice in central London last week granted bosses permission to evict the protesters. An injunction naming 15 of the protesters was dropped.

Around 100 of the students and their supporters held a noisy protest outside the court. They marched to the UAL campus at High Holborn and blocked the road.

The students agreed to leave the occupation voluntarily—and have vowed to continue the campaign

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The National Union of Students national conference was set to begin as Socialist Worker went to press. It was set to run from Tuesday until Thursday in Liverpool this week.

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Tue 21 Apr 2015, 16:40 BST
Issue No. 2450
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