February 1, 2011 by  

Students occupy the former Hetherington Club building.

Students occupy the former Hetherington Club building.

Students occupied a Glasgow University building on Tuesday 1 February to protest at cuts by the University and the Government.
They say they will remain ‘indefinitely’ in the Hetherington Research Club premises in University Gardens, opposite the Queen Margaret Union. The place has been closed for a year because it was not viable, said the University. The protesters believe work was due to start this week to convert the space into offices. The Club had been used by post graduate students as a social meeting place and work station.
Susan, an undergraduate at the University, told the LOCAL NEWS: ‘We have re-opened the Hetherington Research Club.
‘Students at Glasgow University have spent the last year trying to negotiate the re-opening of the Club but the University has been unresponsive.’
She claimed between 70 and 100 students were inside the building but a University spokesperson said security staff counted only about 30 people.
Students from across the city were expected to arrive at the Club to support the occupation. ‘The mood here is happy and co-operative. We have electricity and water and food is being brought in,’ reported Susan. ‘Every decision here is democratic. We have re-claimed this space as part of a wider movement to protest at the cuts and freeze, locally and nationally. Our concern is with the overall effect of these cuts on students, young people and vulnerable people. It is a national struggle.’
A University spokesperson said: ‘As long as the protest remains peaceful and does not disrupt the normal business of the University and other students, campus security will not intervene.’

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