Sheffield sit-in over hall fees

Submitted by Anon on 26 November, 2003 - 11:55

Mickey Conn, University of Sheffield student

Nearly two hundred students, including Alliance for Workers' Liberty members, occupied the University of Sheffield's cash office on 4 November in a protest over new and increased hall fees.
Tapton Hall students had previously organised a general meeting to discuss the growing opposition to the fees, and built on that with the 24-hour action.

The protest received widespread student attention as the students demanded the resignation of Pat McGrath, head of university accommodation and catering services, but at present there are no clear plans to follow it up.

Three members of the student union sabbatical team attended parts of the protest and welcomed the action, but shied away from agreeing to take a leading role in building resistance to the fees.

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