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Four Student Occupations And Protests Which Actually Won Their Demands

05/08/2014 11:02 BST | Updated 05/08/2014 15:59 BST
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You don't often hear about student protesters winning battles with uni bosses. Why? Put simply, because it hardly ever happens. Last month, two Birmingham students received nine month suspensions from their courses for occupying rooms at the university.

Student protesters are punished for even minor acts of dissent. Just look at the £1,010 fine handed to a student who chalked a plaque at the University of London's headquarters in February. Last time we checked, chalk washes off.

When students decide to go further and take control of a building in protest, their occupations are either broken up soon after they begin and are followed by mass arrests, or they last for months and months without achieving anything.

But some manage to buck the trend and make their vice-chancellors hold back on cuts, save threatened jobs and even fund scholarships for foreign students. Don't believe us? Check out these occupation success stories, featuring a rather quirky video from students at Glasgow...

Successful student occupations