Free Hetherington Students To End Seven Month Uni Occupation

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The Huffington Post UK   Dina Rickman First Posted: 31/08/11 07:45 Updated: 30/10/11 10:12

Students are to end a seven-month occupation of a university building which they began in protest at proposed cuts.

The Free Hetherington group said they were moving out of the building after winning "significant concessions" from university management.

The students first moved into the former Hetherington Research Club at the University of Glasgow on February 1.

They were removed amid a heavy police presence on March 22 but resumed their sit-in the following day at the property in University Gardens.

The students began the action in protest over the institution's proposals to merge or drop courses to make £20 million savings.

The group said they were ending the protest after management committed to no cuts, no compulsory redundancies and a new post-graduate club.

A final Statement for 'The Occupation' read: "We believe that through the Free Hetherington occupation as a tactic has been validated.

"When in future staff and students are told that they are not needed, that they must vacate their offices, that the decision has been made; then they should stand where they are and defend their principles, on behalf of the University of Glasgow, and the city it belongs to."

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