Students have ended a sit-in outside the vice-chancellor’s office at Queen’s University in protest at proposals to increase tuition fees. About 50 protesters said they were seeking a meeting with Vice-Chancellor Peter Gregson.
One of those taking part, Gerry Carrol, said they wanted the vice-chancellor to “explain why he thinks students should have to pay £9,000 in fees”.
QUB Students’ Union said the protest was independent of any action by them.
Union president Gareth McGreevy said: “Queen’s Students’ Union acknowledges the right for peaceful protests and the choice to do so. “This protest was independent of any action currently ongoing by Queen’s Students’ Union. “Queen’s Students’ Union will continue their campaign as well as negotiating with politicians, the university, students and all stakeholders in relation to the current Higher Education funding debate.”
The campaign group FEE (Free Education for Everyone) said it had organised the protest which lasted about three hours.
– BBC News
Students have occupied the main building at Queen’s University as part of a protest against tuition fees. The group, led by Free Education for Everyone (FEE), filled the Belfast university’s Lanyon Building on Tuesday afternoon.
Organisers say they want to align themselves with similar demonstrations which are being staged across the UK and in the Republic of Ireland.
Chris Loughlin, one of the students taking part in the rally, says university fees are already too high.
“I’m already paying £3,000 in tuition fees studying at Queen’s at the moment, so I think fees of £9,000 would be an absolute disgrace,” he told UTV. “Like people in the south who occupied university buildings down there, we’re protesting and standing in solidarity with them, and with students in England, Scotland and Wales.”
– UTV News
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