Coventry & Warwickshire

Students' protest camp set up at University of Warwick

Up to 100 students have taken part in a protest at the University of Warwick as part of national demonstrations against student fees.

About a quarter of them slept overnight in tents pitched near to the entrance of Warwick Arts Centre.

Protester David Reed said increases in tuition fees were not "necessary".

University spokesman Peter Dunn said he was not concerned by the occupation, organised by the National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts.

"We've had occupations before. This is another one and I'm sure we'll have occupations in the future," Mr Dunn said.

Raising awareness

Mr Reed, a 21-year-old English Literature student, added: "We wanted to create a space at the university where people can come along and discuss these issues relating to the marketisation of education and how that relates to a wider situation of austerity from the government.

"What we have already achieved is creating something that students can talk about and remain aware of."

The university will be charging tuition fees of £9,000 from next year and Mr Dunn said there was one reason for the rise.

"The government decided to cut the teaching grant of all universities across the country by 80%.

"We had two options to replace that money. To introduce fees or to cut all of our teaching by 80% and you can imagine which one we plumped for."

The protest camp is set to remain until 30 November.

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