11 December 2013

17.20 hours.

STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Cops off Campus Protest

Today Senate House was the focus of a  student protest, part of the national ‘Cops off Campus’ day that involved a number of Universities throughout the UK.  

The protest started peacefully and bar a few minor incidents, dispersed after just over an hour.  Both Senate House and the adjacent Stewart House were briefly closed but immediately reopened and the University’s day to day business continued as normal.  As a precautionary measure, the buildings and the library will close  by 1800 hours today.

Chris Cobb, Chief Operating Officer and University Secretary said: “ There have been a few instances this afternoon of aggressive behaviour, which marred a largely peaceful demonstration; a bin was set on fire and  there was an attempt to force entry to the building. I appreciate that the vast majority of protestors acted in an orderly way, but it was shame that a few were intent on causing  trouble.”

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For further information contact:

James Pestell
Director of Marketing and External Relations
University of London
Tel: 020 7862 8020, E: james.pestell@london.ac.uk 
Mobile: 07711 368029

Binda Rai
Head of Communications and External Relations
University of London
Tel:  020 7862 8545  
E: binda.rai@london.ac.uk 

Notes for editors:

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