Friday, May 30, 2008

Students take over Manchester University

On Tuesday afternoon hundreds of students demonstrated about the slipping standards in teaching and cut backs at Manchester University. The protest, which took over roads, holding up traffic in the Oxford Road area around the campus as angry and frustrated students marched with drumbeats, chants and a sound-system strapped on to the back of a bicycle, was organised by the grass-roots group Reclaim the Uni. The group was set up in February 2008 to express a growing dissatisfaction with the move towards a business model at universities and the effect this has had in reducing teaching hours, increasing staff cuts and the lack of resources and access to facilities available to students.

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