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Warwick Students Stage Fees Protest

Over 400 students occupied the main administrative building at the University of Warwick yesterday.

The protest began yesterday afternoon after an Emergency General Meeting was called by over 200 students at lunchtime. The meeting was prompted by a suggestion that the University is planning to introduce top-up tuition fees.

At 2.30pm, students decided to take action by occupying Senate House whilst a meeting with Students President Martin Biggs took place to discuss the issue.

Students Union Communications Officer Shaharazad Abuel-Ealeh stated:

"This is just the beginning. Universities across the board must understand that students are willing to fight for their education - and the introduction of top-up fees represents yet another step towards the destruction of higher education in this country."

University spokesman Peter Dunn however said there were no plans to introduce higher fees at Warwick at the moment.

He added:

"The government and Education Secretary David Blunkett have made it clear they do not want top-up fees. We cannot introduce them becuase the government won't allow it. But Mr Blunkett also wants to see the university sector expand and we cannot do that without an influx of cash, which does not seem to be coming from the government."

The occupation of the Senate House finished around 9pm on Wednesday evening.

The last time Senate House was occupied by students was about twenty years ago, during a row with the University over chips.

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CWN / Education / University of Warwick / 16 Mar 00

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